Boston Red Sox pitcher Drew Pomeranz was electric striking out 11 batters over 6 innings – Rangers swept and win 4th straight game – Sox pitchers strike out 20 setting new game high total
We no longer have to wait for Xander Bogaerts to hit his first long ball of the season. Deven Marrero knocked his first one out of the park in the 8th inning as well. Kicker of tonight’s ball game was that the show wasn’t his tonight. Tonight belonged to Drew Pomeranz who tied his career high with 11 strike outs on the night. Pom kept dialing up curve ball after curve ball with an occasional fast ball mixed in and had the Rangers guessing all night.
He struck out the side in the 2nd inning on 11 pitches, just two away from that immaculate inning. It was as if Chris Sale and Pom Pom switched places. He was lights out. Pomeranz’ only blemish happened in the 4th inning when he served up a solo shot to Elvis Andrus. Other than that, he scattered one run on three hits with one walk and 11 strike outs over six innings of work.
Bogaerts also barely got his first one out of the park and upon entering the dug out received no appreciate at first before players turned to congratulate their shortstop. The Red Sox season high for strike outs was 18 batters which came back against the Blue Jays when they pitched 10 innings in the game. The Sox tonight had 19 strike outs. Literally two of every three outs went down by way of the K plus interest.
The Red Sox relievers went on to strike out an additional 9 batters to make it an even 20 batters down by way of the K. Craig Kimbrel didn’t went on to strike out the four batters he faced in the 9th inning. It took him 20 pitches to finish the game and on his 20th pitch, the Red Sox got their 20th punch out of the night.
That marks a new season high as 18 was the prior mark set by the team against the Jays in a 10 inning game. Sale had 13 before Kimbrel finished the game for a two inning game getting the win with 5 K’s.
The Red Sox have also won four games in a row which they’ve now hit twice on the season. The last time the Sox won four in a row was back in mid April ranging from April 15th through the 18th sweeping the Rays and winning the first game against the Jays.
The Sox also move now to 25 – 21 just 3 games out of 1st place and just half a game out of 2nd place in the AL East. The Sox have the 5th best record in the American League now.
The Sox will host the Mariners tomorrow night in Boston Yovani Gallardo going up against Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez has six straight quality starts going at least 6 innings and will look to make that seven straight on the bump tomorrow. E-Rod is 3 – 0 in his last seven starts. The Sox will hope to keep their bats hot and pitchers locked as they will play another 10 games before another off day.
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