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After a 13-day gap between starts thanks to the all-star break and a trade away from the San Diego Padres, lefty Drew Pomeranz took the mound at Fenway Park last night for his Red Sox debut against the San Francisco Giants. The first three innings looked good for Pomeranz (1 BB, 2 hits and 4 Ks) as he seemed to be settling in heading into the 4th. In the bottom half of the 3rd, the Red Sox expanded their lead to 8 runs thanks to the 2nd HR in consecutive innings for Hanley Ramirez. Life was good for Pomeranz and the Red Sox. Then the 4th inning happened…

The first 7 batters against Pomeranz all reached base in the 4th, knocking him out of the game after allowing 5 runs on 6 hits in just 3+ innings. He walked the first batter, then gave up a single, HR, single, HR, single and single. His debut went from solid to awful in the blink of an eye and the 8-run lead he was given was vanishing quickly. Robbie Ross got the Red Sox out of the 4th with 3 straight outs, but the much anticipated debut ended with a flop.

This was just game 1, but a rough start for Pomeranz in a Red Sox uniform. It certainly raised some eyebrows, but when you factor in 13-days between starts and his first game at Fenway Park in front of a fan base that actually cares and pays attention (sorry San Diego), I’ll chalk the performance up to pressure and nerves. Hopefully I’m right…