Remember when I said that even when Drew Pomeranz doesn’t suck, he still sucks? Well, that’s what it felt like last night. Another game on national television, and this time, the Red Sox could not pick up the win. Daniel Norris vs. Drew Pomeranz is not exactly, a premier pitching match up, but that’s what we got. Both pitchers allowed plenty of hitters to reach base, as the teams combined to leave 47 runners on base. Norris was able to outlast Pomeranz, though, barely, but still. The 28 year-old southpaw only went 4.2 innings, allowing eight hits and loading the bases in consecutive innings. When he was taken out, the Red Sox were only losing 3-2, but Heath Hembree, who came in to relieve Pomeranz, unloaded the bases, serving up a grand slam to Justin Upton. The Tigers would go on to score two more runs in that inning, and that was all the scoring they did. After Hembree, Blaine Boyer and Fernando Abad kept the Red Sox in the game, limiting the Tigers to only three hits in the final four innings. So, after needing 123 pitches to get through five in New York, Pomeranz couldn’t even get through five Sunday. I’d say pit him in the bullpen, but he is better than any starter in Pawtucket, so I think you have to keep him in the rotation for now.
Offensively, the Red Sox scattered three runs, one in the first, one in the third, one in the sixth. I feel like if a team gets 12 hits, they should score more than three runs. Alas, that’s what happened to the Red Sox sunday night. Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, and Christian Vazquez drove in the three runs. Mookie Betts, Pedroia, Hanley, and Jackie Bradley Jr. all had multiple hits. If this team had more power, maybe they could make games more interesting.
34 down, ? to go.