Going into the weekend, this Red Sox-Cubs series was the most talked about out of all the others. To kick things off, Drew Pomeranz and Jake Arrieta took the mound for their respective clubs. Surprisingly, the advantage went to Pomeranz in this one. I texted my friend, who’s a Cubs fan, that Arrieta could throw a no hitter, since he nearly did it at Fenway three years ago.
I was at this game, and I was shocked at how poorly Arrieta pitched in that first inning. The Red Sox got things started when Andrew Benintendi hit his second home run of the season to right field. Then, Hanley drove in Mookie Betts on an RBI single. Mitch Moreland continued this by driving in Hanley on an RBI double. Moreland scored on a single from JBJ, and Dustin Pedroia scored on a Christian Vasquez single. This would be all the scoring the Red Sox would need and actually get. Credit to Arrieta for calming things down by throwing three shutout innings before getting taken out in the fifth.
Let’s talk about Drew Pomeranz. I hope the start he had Friday night can be his standard. Going six, giving up six hits, giving up two earned runs, walking two, and recording six strikeouts was nice to see. Two of his biggest mistakes were pitches to Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. that resulted in solo home runs. Luckily for Pomeranz, these were the only two runs he surrendered to the Cubs. Despite the quality start, the Red Sox bullpen nearly blew it. Robby Scott, Joe Kelly, and Heath Hembree combined for 1.1 IP, 4 H, and 2 R. Certainly not a confidence booster, especially with Matt Barnes being suspended and Robbie Ross Jr. getting sent down to Pawtucket. Credit to Fernando Abad for wrapping up the eighth. Also, Craig Kimbrel recorded his eighth save of the season.
Last note, I was happy to see the Red Sox play a tribute video for Koji, Lester, and Lackey for their contributions while in Boston. It was an awesome moment.