What. A. Terrible. Game. I don't know how much more I can take of this; I really don't. The Red Sox have now tied or lost series in the past week to the Minnesota Twins and the Anaheim Angels. The Red Sox had the opportunity to pull within a game of first place in the American League East, but instead they thought it would be a good idea to waste another game against a bottom-dweller in the American League. Good times.
However, to start the game, things were not so doom-and-gloom. Mookie Betts crushed his sixth lead-off home run and 21st overall in the first at-bat of the game, but the Red Sox' offense could not capitalize on much after this. Hector Santiago relinquished six (!) walks in five innings, but the Red Sox could not make anything of it, leaving 11 runners on base and going a measly 1-10 with runners in scoring position.
From there, it went even more downhill as Drew Pomeranz was far from sharp on the night. In 5.1 innings, Pomeranz relinquished six hits and two walks for five earned runs, while striking out four. When Pomeranz came out, he had only thrown 79 pitches, and was noticeably pissed off about it after the game.
Here are his thoughts on his performance so far with the Red Sox:
“The first one wasn’t me. I had a lot of time off -- had a lot of things going on. The last one was more myself -- I fell like. Tonight, I made a bad pitch too (Albert) Pujols, walked a couple guys. But overall, I feel like I did a decent job.”
Spoiler alert, Drew, you haven't done a decent job. In three starts since joining the Red Sox, Pomeranz is 0-2 with a 7.54 ERA. While he has recorded 15 strikeouts in 14.1 innings, that is about the only bright spot for the 27-year-old.
Furthermore, since acquiring Pomeranz, the team has been in an absolute free-fall. In their last nine games, the Red Sox are 2-7, recording only 4.4 runs per game and a team ERA of 4.88. That isn't going to cut it. With the recent moves by the Cleveland Indians, the Red Sox need to counter with a big trade before tomorrow's deadline if they want to not only stay in the conversation with the elite teams in the American League, but the playoff picture as well.
The Red Sox will be looking to salvage a two-game split with the Angels today, as they take on Anaheim at 3:30 PM ET. Check back in for a full game preview.