Boston Red Sox Defeat The Houston Astros Despite Manager John Farrell’s Blunder In Leaving Starter Drew Pomeranz In For Too Long
The Boston Red Sox took on the Houston Astros on Friday night at Minute Maid Park to open up the three game set.
Pomeranz pitched 5 solid innings before he started to miss with his fastball in the sixth inning. Pomeranz walked two in a row in the sixth inning with two outs. Fortunately for Pomeranz a Jose Altuve single to try and drive in George Springer was spoiled by Betts who rocketed the hard hit ball to Christian Vasquez to get Pomeranz out of the sixth.
It was puzzling to see the Astros send Springer with the velocity of the ball and the fielding abilities of Betts. But the more puzzling move came an inning later when Red Sox manager John Farrell sent Pomeranz out to attempt the seventh inning.
Pomeranz clearly looked to have lost control in the sixth and was saved by Betts, sending him out for the seventh didn’t appear to be a good idea. After striking out Evan Gattis, Pomeranz gave up a solo-home run to former New York Yankee Brian McCann thus ending Pomeranz’s night two batters too late.
Boston’s offense only recorded 7 hits in the affair with second-basemen Dustin Pedroia being the only member of the Red Sox to have a multi-hit game. One Red Sox run came in the third inning with Mitch Moreland scoring Mookie Betts on a single.
The second Boston run came in the top of the eighth inning with Betts leading off and sending a solo blast to deep left to give the Red Sox a 2-1 advantage and win the game.
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With the win Boston moves to 38-29. Game two of the series takes place Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. with Rick Porcello toeing off against David Paulino. The game will be broadcasted on FOX with former NESN play-by-play Don Orsillo calling his first Red Sox game since leaving Boston two seasons ago.