Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Pomeranz Fails In Return Start, Sox Offense Can't Recover, Lose To O's, 7-6

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Well, we have our answer. Drew Pomeranz is not ready for prime time. The lefty returned from the disabled list last night, and went just 4.1 innings—giving up four earned runs on two HRs in the eventual 7-6 loss.  The Red Sox offense tried to overcome their starter's ineffectiveness—powering out four home runs of their own (two by MLB leader J.D. Martinez). With any kind of decent pitcher on the mound, six runs wins the game—but with Pomeranz on the hill, not so much. Of course, another Joe Kelly meltdown did not help the cause either (0.2 innings, 3 ERs). Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts also went yard, with Boston pounding out nine hits in all. If one or two of Boston's HRs had been more than a solo shot, the Red Sox would have likely won. But, now Dave Dombrowski has to focus on both starting and relief pitching at the deadline. The loss cuts Boston's lead in the AL East to just five games.