The Red Sox got a couple of standout performances on rainy Thursday in Boston as they completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers with a 6-2 win at Fenway Park, one from an unexpected source.
Left-handed starter Drew Pomeranz had been struggling coming into Thursday’s game, as the Red Sox lost his last three starts and he diAaron Hernandez's time in prison was not the cake walk he expected.
Despite alleged claims that he would "run this place," Hernandez reportedly was "miserable" as he served a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.
Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel described Hernadez's prison life on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich, via CBS Boston, and said Hernandez was a target for other prisoners and tried hard to befriend the guards for some sense of normalcy.
"This was not the movies where he was cutting up garlic slices and getting fast food delivered or anything like that. Prisoners were fighting him, he was a target, they were trying to extort him for money, they were putting pressure on him," Wetzel said. "He was stressed out, he was both arguing all the time with guards and then seeking out their friendship, I think, because they were a little bit more of a peer group.”
Wetzel cited the nearly 300 pages of incident reports of Hernandez's time in prison and said Hernandez was part of more than 100 incidents during his four years in prison. Allegedly, many other inmates wanted to see if they had what it took to fight the former Patriots tight end.
“These were vicious fights. One, they had guards trying to pull him and and another inmate apart, and they had to mace them, basically, to get them to stop fighting,” Wetzel said.
“There’s another weird or interesting scene where he gets in a fight and he goes back to his cell, and a guard comes in and sees him, and he’s kind of sitting on the bed, his hands are all red from punching somebody, he’s got some marks on him, and he’s kind of breathing heavy and is just sort of despondent that he had to get in this fight. I just think that … if you read it all, the picture I got was not somebody who was doing well with this at all. He was surviving, but it was pretty miserable."
Hernandez reportedly looked forward to his court hearings because it was a break from the prison life and he could actually talk to people like a normal person. He supposedly dreaded going back to prison after these appeals and hearings.
Wetzel guessed that these fights and the fact that there was no end of the misery in sight is what led to Hernandez to commit suicide in April.d not make it past the fourth inning in any of them. His last outing, a no-decision in a Boston loss at Oakland last Saturday, devolved into a dugout shouting match about the early hook with manager John Farrell.
Boston fans weren’t optimistic about the team extending its streak behind Pomeranz.
But Pomeranz delivered, striking out 11 Texas batters and allowing just four hits in six innings. The Red Sox had a 4-2 lead when he was relieved by Heath Hembree.
Pomeranz has Xander Bogaerts to thank for most of that run support. After a two-hit game Wednesday, Bogaerts went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI, 2 runs and his first home run of the season.
The Boston bullpen went on to strike out nine more batters, and the team's 20 total Ks tied a major league record.