By MyFM's Jake Archer - At a time when Red Sox nation was already panicking about the young season, they turned their eyes to a man they didn’t fully understand. Drew Pomeranz, an All Star starting pitcher acquired from the Padres last year, was on the hill for his season debut and I can’t say anyone knew what to expect. Pomeranz, for all his talent, had been pretty bad in Boston so far and dreadful in Spring Training. He’s also got injury issues and it was unclear what exactly he could give us.
Well, Drew Pomeranz delivered and he delivered big for a Sox team in need of a win. It might have been his best performance in a Boston uniform as he went six innings allowing only four hits, one run, one walk and striking out six. A man who has been heavily criticized in Boston since the day he got here, he walked off the mound at Fenway Park to a large ovation.
The other key part of the Sox win though was that they were finally able to put up some runs. After not scoring much through the first six games of the season, the lineup put up eight runs to break the game open and pull away from the rival Orioles. Sox second basemen Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-4 and knocked in four of those runs to lead the way. Catcher Christian Vazquez also had a good day as he went 4-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs. He stole a base.
In total, the Sox offense picked up 15 hits and shut down the narrative that they couldn’t score for a night. The bullpen also did it’s job as Heath Hembree, Matt Barnes and Joe Kelly combined to give up only one hit in three innings of relief. Maybe Orioles manager Buck Showalter should stop worrying about criticizing the Red Sox and start worrying about his own team getting their doors blown off.