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Pomeranz doesn't make it through 5 innings against Jays

Rob Bradford
August 07, 2018 - 8:49 pm

TORONTO — Judging by his latest outing, Drew Pomeranz’s time in the Red Sox starting rotation might be coming to an end.

The Red Sox starter lasted just 4 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays Tuesday night, with only 44 of his 84 pitches going for strikes. 

And while Pomeranz gave up just two runs, he also elicited only three swings and misses. He also gave up four hits while walking five and only striking out one.

"It’s been pretty frustrating," Pomeranz said. "Obviously you don’t want to come out of that game but understandably, why I did come out of it. I’m just really frustrated with myself and it’s really frustrating to know you’re not yourself out there and trying to figure it out and work so hard and it’s just not coming together. Like I said, I know it’s still in there and I’m going to find it."

The appearances at Rogers Centre was the lefty’s third since coming off the disabled list, having not made it into the sixth inning in any of the starts.

Pomeranz gave way to Heath Hembree with runners on first and second and two outs, with the reliever getting Teoscar Hernandez to fly out to right field to end the threat.

Both of the runs off Pomeranz came via a two-run homer in the third inning off the bat of Devon Travis.

"Inconsistent," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "Take a look at the line, it's almost 50-50 percent strikes and balls. He made some good pitches but walked some guys on four pitches – I don't mind the last one with (Justin) Smoak in that situation, hitter was ready. He swings at what we want him to swing at or we walk him. Velocity, not great, but the fastball was actually a lot better today than the breaking ball, the breaking ball wasn't there. We'll see, he's still searching, we're still looking. We need this guy, we need this guy, this guy is very important to us for what we want to try to accomplish, so we'll keep working at it."

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