What impressed Stephen Vogt about Drew Pomeranz's outing vs. D-backs


Drew Pomeranz pitched five scoreless innings in the Giants' 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on Saturday night.

It was yet another solid outing for the veteran, who entered the night with a 6.79 ERA but has pitched better of late.

And Pomeranz managed to keep Arizona off the board despite not being able to effectively throw one of his pitches.

"He did an unbelievable job tonight," Giants catcher Stephen Vogt told the media after the game. "He did not have his curveball, and that's one of his better pitches, so without a good curveball, he was able to go five shutout [innings] for us.

“Obviously, [he] threw a lot of pitches, but at the same time, he was able to get through it. Without your best secondary pitch, to be able to do what he did tonight was impressive."

In 24 1/3 innings pitched in June, Pomeranz has allowed just nine earned runs. Those numbers are a byproduct of the adjustment he made to his arm slot in May.

On a night when his curveball wasn't working, Pomeranz was able to rely on his fastball.

"My shape on my fastball has been totally different," Pomeranz told reporters after the game. "Before, I was getting some tail on my four-seam when I tried to go glove-side and now it's almost going the opposite way, which is what I'm used to. It helps them not barrel up the ball.

”I think that's been a big part of the change because my curveball wasn't really very good at all today, so the good fastball I've had these last few [starts] has helped me strike some guys out."

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Pomeranz will look to locate his curveball in his final start of the first half, as he’ll face the Cardinals next Friday.

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