Red Sox lose the series opener in Houston 4-2 behind stagnant offense and another sloppy start by Drew Pomeranz.
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Not the best night for the Sox to say the least. The bad night started even before the game did when we found out that Mookie Betts would be out of the lineup for the 5th consecutive day and that Dustin Pedroia was a late scratch with soreness in his surgically repaired knee. Definitely no good news there.
When the game started, things didn’t get much better. Drew Pomeranz’s struggles continued as he let up a 2-run bomb to Carlos Correa in the first inning. He didn’t pitch that bad after that, but he didn’t pitch well either. He ended up giving up 4 runs in 5 innings, bringing his season ERA up to 6.81. His days in the rotation may be numbered.
It wasn’t all bad for the Red Sox, though. Xander Bogaerts tied the game at 2 with a big 2-run double in the 3rd that scored Jackie Bradley Jr. who had another double tonight, and Andrew Benintendi, who had a couple of hits himself.
However, the Astros would pull back ahead in the 4th without hitting the ball out of the infield. They scored one run on a slow chopper by Tony Kemp that Mitch Moreland was unable to get any outs on and another on a safety squeeze bunt by Jake Marisnick. They would never look back.
Steven Wright gave 3 terrific innings of relief to keep the Sox in the game, but they were never able to get any serious offense going and the game ended anticlimactically with a score of 4-2.
The Sox look to rebound tomorrow with a strong start from Chris Sale, who is coming off an uncharacteristically bad outing against the Braves last Sunday.