Drew Pomeranz had his second subpar as a member of the Red Sox, Saturday night. (Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports)
ANAHEIM, Calif. — A lackluster Drew Pomeranz performance, and a bunch of runners left on base.
There’s your answer to why the Red Sox are back trying to rediscover the momentum they thought had been harnessed Friday night.
For the second time in his three starts with his new team, Pomeranz allowed as many as five runs, this time giving up five over 5 1/3 innings (throwing just 79 pitches). That, coupled with the Red Sox the Red Sox going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, paved the way to a 5-2 Angels win over John Farrell’s team.
It’s not as if Pomeranz and the Red Sox didn’t have their chances. The starter was staked with a 2-0 lead by the time he took the mound in the first (with Mookie Betts hitting a home run to leadoff the game). But the lefty couldn’t hold the lead, giving it up for good on Albert Pujols’ two-run homer in the third inning.
Pomeranz, who only allowed five or more runs twice in 17 starts with the Padres, now owns a 7.53 ERA with the Red Sox. Coming into the game, the southpaw had posted a 2.32 ERA and .166 opponents batting average in nine road starts.
With the loss, the Red Sox fall two games in back of the new leader in the American League East, Toronto.
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Dustin Pedroia has now reached base safely in 33 straight games, walking twice before his sixth-inning single.
WHAT WENT WRONG
– Bryce Brentz limited what could have been an enormous first inning, striking out with the bases loaded to end what ended up being a two-run frame. Two innings later, Brentz suffered the same fate, with Santiago once again fanning the righty hitter with the bases full.
– Coming in with one out in the sixth inning, Joe Kelly couldn’t help Pomeranz’s line, allowing a run-scoring double off the bat of Jett Bandy on just the second pitch he threw.
– The Red Sox couldn’t muster nearly enough off Angels starter Hector Santiago, who threw 119 pitches in just five innings. The lefty finished his night allowing two runs on four hits and six walks while striking out six.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
– Xander Bogaerts made a Derek Jeter-esque play in the seventh inning, ranging deep in the hole between third base and shortstop to field Yunel Escobar’s grounder and throw out the Angels baserunner.