The Boston Red Sox opened up a series against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday night. Drew Pomeranz got the start and pitched completely opposite of what he’s been doing all season. Going into the game he was 16-5 and looking for his 17th win of the season. Pomeranz would give up five runs and only last two innings before being taken out in the third. He gave up seven hits, five runs, one walk, and one home run.
The home run came in the first inning by Josh Donaldson hitting the ball to center field. Austin Maddox, Blanie Boyer, Carson Smith, and Addison Reed pitched in the loss last night. Eduardo Nunez and Mookie Betts both left the game; Betts with a sore wrist and Nunez aggravated his right knee on a swing and a miss in the fifth inning. The Red Sox had seven hits in the 6-4 loss Andrew Benintendi pitched hit for Mookie Betts in the eighth inning and hit a home run to center field. But it wouldn’t be enough, and Drew Pomeranz falls to 16-6 on the season with a 3.38 ERA.
Pomeranz and John Farrell React To The Loss
After the game, Drew Pomeranz spoke about his outing saying “I feel fine. I came out early and throwing some two-seams a little slower and was trying to get some swings on them. I was missing. My velocity dipped a few times in the last few outings but then I get it right back up when I need it so I really didn’t have a chance to get settled in and work some of those higher velocities in there.”
After the game Manager John Farrell said “We recognize the innings total he’s climbed over the last couple of years in particular.” Pomeranz has already pitched 167 2/3 innings last year he pitched 170 2/3 innings. Prior to that Pomeranz never pitched more 100 innings in his previous five seasons.
Tonight Chris Sale gets the start looking for his 18th win of the season. He’s pitching against J.A. Happ who’s 9-11 with a 3.64 ERA. The number to clinch the division is still three and the division lead is four games. We will see if Mookie Betts is in the lineup tonight along with Eduardo Nunez.