The Boston Red Sox bullpen came in to relieve Drew Pomeranz pitched five innings and bullpen does the rest to shut Yankees down
Drew Pomeranz and Masahiro Tanaka were both seeing for the same thing in game one of this three game series, a 6th win on the season. Pomeranz went home the victor after pitching five innings allowing two runs, one earned on six hits. He added two walks and seven strike outs.
It wasn’t the most effective game for Pom as he threw 123 pitches. Pomeranz needs to work on efficiency as only 58.5% of his pitches went for strikes. Pomeranz has now doubled his total number of wins this season in comparison to last year.
Mitch Moreland hit a two run home run and Hanley Ramirez went yard right after. Andrew Benintendi followed with a home run of his own the following inning marking his 3rd long ball in his last two contests. It sure is good to see the young rookie outfielder going yard especially after struggling in the month of May. June has quickly turned around for the young man as he’s now 6/12 with .500/3/4/1 line over his last three games.
The Sox bullpen has been a subject that has highly been discussed since the beginning of the season and not just because of the players currently on the roster but also by the players who have yet to throw one pitch in 2017. This off season saw the addition of Tyler Thornburg for the price of Travis Shaw and several prospects. The Sox haven’t seen Roenis Elias and Carson Smith pitch either. All were supposed to be important members of a bullpen that looked like it could have been filthy.
Instead, the Sox have relied on names that weren’t as known and weren’t as popular and they have been getting the job done. Should Dave Dombrowski regret making the trade for Thornburg? At this point, it could highly be argued that yes, it was a bad move. The Sox gave up a highly touted 1st/3rd baseman for someone who hasn’t played yet. Just how effective was the bullpen tonight?
Robby Scott, Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, and Craig Kimbrel combined to strike out six batters in four innings of work while allowing two runs on three hits while and walking two batters. Kimbrel, has been lights out. I can’t remember the last pitcher, reliever or otherwise that struck out four batters in one inning and struck out five batters while getting four outs. We haven’t even thrown in the fact that the Red Rocket also had the immaculate inning.
Kimbrel walked one and struck out five alone en route to his 17th save on the season lowering his ERA to 1.01. Kelly threw a pitch that hit 104 on the radar gun and 103 on the Yankees radar gun. This season, Kelly has thrown the two fastest pitches all year. He threw one tonight which registered 103.5 MPH and another one earlier this year that hit 102.2 MPH against the Cubs.
The Sox bullpen isn’t scared, they’re scary. They’re fearless and they know when it comes to shutting the door, while it may not always be pretty they’re ready. The 9th inning is almost a lock and the boys from Beantown know they just have to manage eight innings of work before they bring out their special weapon.
The Red Sox now move to just one game out of 1st place in the AL East. The Sox have now won three straight and six of their last ten moving up to 32 – 25, just a game behind their arch rivals in the Bronx. Rick Porcello will be in search of his 4th win on the season in hopes of improving his 3 – 7 record while his opponent, CC Sabathia, who has been great this season with a 6 – 2 record will be looking to record his 5th straight win.
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