Drew Pomeranz leaves early, Red Sox beat Cardinals 9-6
Pomeranz exits, Red Sox’ offense dominates for a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals
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The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 9-6 on Friday afternoon. Drew Pomeranz was the starter for Boston and Bud Norris for St. Louis, after Carlos Martinez was a late-scratch. Both pitchers had to exit the contest due to medical concerns. The game was played at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.
The offense exploded for the Red Sox in the game, however, the main storyline was undoubtedly Pomeranz’s early exit. The southpaw threw one inning with no runs allowed before having to leave the game in the beginning of second inning. He reportedly departed with left forearm tightness. There’s also this:
Pomeranz added that “everything seems fine”. Key, obviously, will be how he feels tomorrow.
— Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) March 2, 2018
It seems there is minimal concern from Pomeranz and the Red Sox regarding his exit.
Moving away from Pomeranz, the Sox offense came ready to play, recording ten hits and three homeruns. Andrew Benintendi and Sam Travis both launched balls over the right field fence off Norris in the first inning to put Boston on the board. Travis repeated himself with another opposite field, two-run homerun in the third inning. Below is a video for your viewing pleasure, showing Benintendi’s long ball.
— MLB (@MLB) March 2, 2018
The 9th inning was a bit of a “scare” for the Red Sox, as they saw the Cardinals attempt to mount a comeback. They scored a run off Roniel Raudes, but he managed to suppress their momentum and close the game out for Boston. The Cardinals left two runners on base.
Notes and Opinions
- Pomeranz should hopefully be fine and it was just a precaution. With that said, Boston is thin on rotation depth, especially with Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright having injury concerns. Perhaps they consider bringing in another fringe MLB starter to camp for depth purposes. Clay Buchholz needs a home (LOL).
- Roenis Elias, a contender for the last rotation spot, came in and pitched the 7th inning for the Red Sox. He did not allow a hit.
- Esteban Quiroz was the starting second basemen for the Red Sox in this game. The 26-year-old was purchased by the BoSox from the Mexican League over the offseason. In 358 plate appearances, he posted a robust .293 AVG/.428 OBP/.488 SLG last season. He’s an interesting guy to keep an eye on as the year progresses.
- Sam Travis has played eight of nine games for the Red Sox this spring training.
- Boston’s defense looked a little sloppy, committing three errors. Who cares, though, it’s spring training.
The Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees at 1:05 p.m. Saturday back on their home turf at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla. Boston will start Brian Johnson, another option for the last rotation spot, opposing the Yankees’ Chance Adams. The game will be featured on MLB Network.