By: Greg Keenan
In yesterday’s game against the the Tampa Bay Rays, the Red Sox were in come-back mode right from the get-go. Boston’s offense did not disappoint however, as they were able to walk away with a 7-5 W. The starting pitcher or the Red Sox, Drew Pomeranz, ended up with a no-decision as he allowed five earned runs on as many hits, in 4 ⅓ innings pitched.
The start by Pomeranz last night was about as far off as he could get from his start against Baltimore, where he only allowed one earned run on four hits in six innings of work. He also only walked one batter and had six K’s. His start last night, though clearly not his best, included only two walks and 10 strikeouts. The two walks were the first two men he faced, where he wasn’t getting the calls he wanted, and threw six straight balls to open the ballgame. After making adjustments according to the home plate umpire’s strike zone, he threw a lot of strikes. Also, the five hits he allowed included two long balls.
Joe Kelly earned the win out of the bullpen, allowing just one hit and no runs on 2 ⅔ innings of work. Boston’s closer, Craig Kimbrel, earned the save with a perfect ninth, where he did not let a ball get hit into play. He induced a foul pop-up where his battery Christian Vazquez made a dazzling play on, and punched out two batters.
The play by Vazquez isn’t the only thing he should be proud of in this game, as he went 3-4last night with an RBI, and is hitting a baffling .667 on the young season. Mitch Moreland also stays red hot as he went 2-3 with a walk and 3 RBI’s. Mookie Betts had a good night as well as he goes 3-4 with an RBI and an intentional walk issued to him. Last but not least, the switch hitting Pablo Sandoval hit this opposite field two-run bomb over the monster to tie it in the 4th. Everyone in the starting lineup except Dustin Pedroia had at least one hit.
The Red Sox will play the four game series finale tomorrow against the Rays on Patriots’ day, at 11:05 AM ET per tradition. The RHP knuckleballer Steven Wright will get the ball tomorrow, looking to redeem himself after a less than impressive start on Wednesday. You can follow me on twitter @KeenanGuyBoston, and be sure to visit GuyBostonSports.com for more coverage tomorrow.
Photo: (New York Daily News)