Pomeranz had a better curveball in this second start for the Red Sox, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports. "I had a good curveball tonight," Pomeranz said. "I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night and really, one bad pitch that hurt us." Pomeranz finished with 99 pitches, 64 for strikes and registered 14 swings-and-misses, 11 with the curve. For the left-hander, who lasted just three-plus innings in his Boston debut last week, it was a much better performance, but there was one fastball that missed location and Jose Iglesias made him pay for it. He'll look to build off this outing when he takes the mound Saturday on the road against the Angels.
Pomeranz rebounded in his second start with the Red Sox, taking the loss despite allowing two runs in six innings. He gave up four hits, walked two, and struck out seven. Excepting his turbulent first start with Boston, Pomeranz has allowed just three total runs in his last four starts. The lefty has already thrown more innings than in any previous Major League season, but if Monday's start is any indication he should be able to keep his production up down the stretch for the Red Sox. He will carry a 2.84 ERA into his start Saturday against the Angels.
Pomeranz was unable to throw his signature curveball with any effectiveness Wednesday, the Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. Without an effective curveball, the pitch Pomeranz throws most often (39 percent of the time according to BrooksBaseball.net), the left-hander had to rely on the fastball. That left him vulnerable when he didn't locate it. His three-plus inning debut for Boston will certainly generate a lot of talk-radio chatter, but let's give the guy a few starts before declaring that he can't pitch in the heat of the AL East or the Boston baseball market.
Pomeranz lasted only three innings in his first start with the Red Sox, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, but was able to avoid taking a loss. The lefty's been so good this year, it's startling to see him turn in such a bad start; this was his shortest outing of the year and just his second time failing to finish five innings in 18 starts. Fenway Park isn't as friendly to pitchers as Petco, but Pomeranz has been so good, it's hard to worry about that; we'll give him a mulligan for struggling while pitching on the biggest stage of his career Wednesday.
Pomeranz will make his Boston debut Wednesday against the Giants, Evan Drellich of The Boston Herald reports. The recently acquired Pomeranz will square off with a familiar foe Wednesday when he faces his old division rival in the Giants. In three other starts against the Giants when he was a member of the Padres' rotation, Pomeranz endured some tough luck as he went 0-2 despite posting a 2.60 ERA over 17.1 innings.