First impressions of the Red Sox 3-2 win over Detroit:
John Farrell made calculated moves with the bullpen.
Two days after being questioned up and down for pitching Junichi Tazawa, Farrell handled the 4-inning outing for the bullpen as best he could. Using Heath Hembree in the sixth and the start of the seventh put him against the top of the order that Brad Ziegler struggles against.
This gave Hembree a shot at a high-leverage situation, and Hembree did well, only giving up the long ball to J.D. Martinez -- who’s been a problem for Boston in general this series. But, Hembree not only helped the club, but was able to build up his confidence again. Because Martinez hit the solo-shot, Ziegler came in against batters he could handle, essentially in a clean inning.
As advertised, Farrell gave Matt Barnes the eighth. He, however, couldn’t hold up his end of the bargain. But Farrell gave him a reasonable shot, until Miguel Cabrera came in with two outs and two on.
He turned to Craig Kimbrel for four outs and was rewarded with a Sox win.
David Ortiz makes Comerica Park look like an American League East stadium.
Fenway Park, along with other AL East stadiums, is one of the smaller MLB parks in terms of dimensions. Detroit’s Comerica Park is not known for that. It’s not much of a hitters’ park in general.
Somehow, Ortiz has launched 23 home runs in 58 games there, hitting his second in as many nights Saturday.
One of Ortiz’s greatest moments was his grand slam in the 2013 ALCS against Detroit. Although that came at Fenway, it’s safe to say the Tigers are happy to see him retire.
Drew Pomeranz was on pace to pitch deep, unfortunately the hour and ten-minute rain delay cut his start short.
The lefty was cruising, working past a home run and out of a jam in what would be his final inning of work. Pomeranz only threw 51 pitches through five innings. Can’t be much more efficient than that.
Had the rain ended the game early that would’ve been a non-issue. However, that wasn’t the case, which forced the bullpen to cover four innings -- something no one wanted to see after Thursday’s meltdown.
Unlike Wednesday, the weather was not the Red Sox’ friend.
Had the rain ended the game, it would’ve been a different story. Instead it forced Pomeranz out with the extended delay, and gave the inconsistent bullpen four innings to work with.
Not the ideal situation, and the Red Sox bullpen left everyone on the edge of their seat until the final out.
Boston wins another tight game.
It was scary in the end, but Boston was able to lean on the bullpen to win the low-scoring contest after the rain delay forced Pomeranz out early.