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Drew Pomeranz pitches well in showdown with Tim Tebow, Rumble Ponies

Rob Bradford
April 13, 2018 - 8:06 pm

Drew Pomeranz said earlier in the week that his goal Friday was to not worry about anything other than pitching. The strategy seemed to work.

The lefty was still regretting how he approached his previous rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket, suggesting worries about his flexor tendon and rusty mechanics had gotten the better of him. But this time, while pitching for Double-A Portland, Pomeranz appeared to look more like the pitcher who won 17 games in 2017.

Pomeranz threw 86 pitches (56 strikes) over 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. The lefty did walk three while striking out four.

The two runs off of the lefty came via a two-run homer off the bat of Binghamton's Peter Alonso in the third inning.

Also of note was that Pomeranz faced the Rumble Ponies' Tim Tebow twice, striking out the outfielder in his first at-bat, while inducing a double-play grounder the second time around.

The starter's fastball velocity was improved from his last outing, sitting between 88-90 mph, with Pomeranz's curveball sitting as his best pitch.

The expectation is that Pomeranz will rejoin the Red Sox' rotation on the team's upcoming West Coast road trip.

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