May 31, 2018 Houston, TX, USA Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz (31) reacts and Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) surrounds the bases after a home run by the Astros shortstop Houston Carlos Correa (not photographed) during the first Minute Maid Park entry Credit required: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Drew Pomeranz has not had the best start to 2018.
The Boston Red Sox starter pitched five innings, allowing four runs (all won) on six hits in his team's 4-2 loss to the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Thursday night.
The lefty has not pitched more than five innings since May 8 when he pitched six innings with six strikeouts, and his last four starts (including Thursday) have been plagued by hits and high counts.
The first entry has been a notable problem for the southpaw. Through his eight starts, Pomeranz has allowed 11 hits, nine earned runs, six walks and two homers in the first inning.
One of those home runs came Thursday night from Carlos Correa, who landed a two-run shot to left field in the first.
Despite the break, both Pomeranz manager and Red Sox manager Alex Cora found optimism in the pitcher's speed on his fast four-seam ball. Pomeranz averaged 90.4 mph on its straights on Thursday, according to Baseball Savant, while averaging less than 90 mph on his previous outings.
Here are more notes from the Red Sox-Astros game on Thursday:
– Dustin Pedroia was a last minute scratch with pain in his left knee. Cora said it was just a "bad day" for second baseman, who probably will also miss Friday's game.
"We wanted the bad days to be in three months, but (on Thursday) it was a bad day," Cora said after the game, as seen in the coverage after the NESN Red Sox games. "With luck, he received treatment (Thursday), he will come here (Friday) and he will see where we are, he will most likely stay away from him (Friday) and see how he does it over the weekend."
– Pedroia said doctors told her she would have days when she would feel terrible, but she did not believe them until Thursday when she felt the discomfort.
"They knew that this was going to happen on certain days," Pedroia said after the game. "It stinks, but it is what it is"
– Mookie Betts was not in the lineup either, failing his fourth consecutive game. Cora said a decision will be made about whether the right fielder will play Friday after he participates in the entire baseball activity at the park.
– Before the game, Cora received his ring from the 2017 World Series. He was the Astros bench coach during his championship career.
"It was good to see the guys, they look at me and laugh, we know all the secrets," said Cora. "They know what I'm looking for and what we're trying to achieve and what we do to try to be good."