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Really frustrating loss for the Red Sox
This was just another frustrating game for the Red Sox. Drew Pomeranz put the team in a hole really early in the game that they just couldn’t get out of. The Red Sox had plenty of opportunities to get back in the game and make a comeback, but that’s not what happened.
Drew Pomeranz didn’t start the game off on a good note as he walked the first batter he faced on four pitches. The next batter that came up to the plate, doubled to put runners on second and third. Following the double, Pomeranz walked another batter which loaded the bases. Fortunately, Pomeranz was able to get out of the inning only allowing one run, but it was an ugly first inning for the Red Sox lefty.
Pomeranz looked impressive in the second inning as he sat the Orioles down in order. It looked as if he just needed to get settled in. But, Pomeranz got into some more trouble the next inning after he allowed a couple of hits. However, the Red Sox starter got out of the inning without allowing a run.
In the fourth inning, Pomeranz gave up two quick hits to put runners in scoring position. After getting two outs, Pomeranz walked a batter to load the bases. He then gave up a two-run single to give the Orioles a two-run lead. Following that at-bat, Manny Machado came up and hit a deep single to score two more runs to give the Orioles a 5-1 lead. That was the last batter Pomeranz faced. His night ended after just four innings. He allowed five runs, seven hits and three walks. He has to be better than that.
On the offensive side of things, I felt pretty confident going into the game. Alex Cobb has had a pretty rough year and I thought the Red Sox bats could get to him early. Things didn’t start off well for the Red Sox. After a Mookie Betts double to lead off the game, Andrew Benintendi hit a liner that Betts was doubled up on. Another baserunning mistake was made in the next inning after Xander Bogaerts got on and was caught stealing.
In the third inning, the offense was able to put a run on the board. With two outs, Mookie Betts came up and smacked one over the Green Monster to tie the game. He has been on absolute tear this season and is producing MVP-caliber stats. I am hoping he can keep this up throughout the season.
The bats didn’t get going again until the fifth inning. Eduardo Nunez started things off with a single. After Rafael Devers was able to move Nunez over the third, Christian Vazquez came up and singled. With runners on the corners, Mookie Betts was able to come through (when doesn’t he) and hit a double to score one run. This brought up Andrew Benintendi with two runners in scoring position. Benintendi singled and scored another run, cutting the deficit to two runs. Hanley Ramirez came up with one out and runners on the corners. Ramirez grounded into a double play to end the inning. If Hanley was able to get on, J.D. Martinez would have came up. It could have been a whole different ballgame.
Steven Wright came into the game in the fifth inning looked really good. After a walk, he settled in and did pretty well. He did give up a home run in the seventh that put the Orioles ahead by three. One positive from the game is Wright’s performance. If he can pitch like this most of the time, that would be huge for the Red Sox bullpen.
The Red Sox offense was able to get one more run in the eighth inning, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
The Red Sox will be back in action tonight against the Orioles. Rick Porcello will be on the mound for the Sox. First pitch is at 7:10 PM ET.