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Drew Pomeranz gets just 6 outs before exiting

Rob Bradford
September 25, 2017 - 8:13 pm

File this under bad timing for the Red Sox.

Drew Pomeranz turned in his worst start of the season Monday night, lasting just two-plus innings against the Blue Jays. The Red Sox' lefty allowed five runs -- one in the first inning and four in the second -- before exiting with one on and nobody out in the third.

The damage was done off Pomeranz via seven hits, including a Josh Donaldson homer in the first. The second was truly the lefty's downfall, with the Blue Jays doing all their damage with two outs and nobody on. After a walk and single, Luke Maile hit a cue shot down to first base that Hanley Ramirez finally was able to gather but couldn't get over to first before the baserunner, loading the bases. That led to back-to-back two-run doubles from Teoscar Hernandez and Donaldson.

After Jose Bautista led off the third with a single, Red Sox manager John Farrell came on to replace Pomeranz with Austin Maddox, with the starter having thrown just 47 pitches.

"I feel fine. I feel pretty good. Obviously, I feel fine," Pomeranz said. "It was a short outing tonight I would’ve liked to have been in the game longer but I feel good."

Pomeranz, who came into the game five innings shy of his career-high, was possessing a fastball that averaged in the high 80's, a few mphs lower than what he had possessed for the season. 

"I feel fine," said Pomeranz. "I came out early and was throwing some two-seams a little slower and was trying to get some swings on them. I was missing. They had one big inning and the weird play there, where the ball kind of spun sideways on us, and I probably should’ve gotten over there and been waiting for it at the base. Then I was out of the game."

If the Red Sox stay their curren course, Pomeranz is on schedule to make the final start of his regular season Saturday at Fenway Park against Houston.

"If the opportunity presents itself, I certainly wouldn’t rule that out," said Farrell when asked about extra rest for Pomeranz before the postseason. "We recognize the innings total, how he’s climbed over the last couple years in particular. But we notice the velocity has dropped somewhat so it’s got to come down to being able to locate more consistently which he did in Baltimore. He was pinpoint control that night. Tonight, not so much."

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