Jon Lester records 2,000th career strikeout, hits first career home run on same day

Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester accomplished a couple of individual milestones in totally opposite directions on Tuesday night in Wrigley Field against the Diamondbacks

First, he hit a home run.

That was the first career homer for Lester and it probably carries more weight under the circumstances. Remember, he made dubious history by not collecting a hit until his 67th at-bat, an MLB record. The above home run comes in his 197th career at-bat, 236th plate appearance and 12th season in the majors. 

Further, he has now won whatever the wager was between himself and teammate John Lackey (the Chicago Tribune has the details for those interested). 

A bit later, Lester recorded his ninth strikeout of the night, which was good for the 2,000th in his career. 

Lester becomes the 25th lefty in MLB history to record 2,000 strikeouts. He's the 82nd pitcher ever. It's not something rare enough we would've covered here aside from a footnote in our nightly roundup, but with the home run it seemed fun enough. 

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered every World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the... Full Bio

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