Boston Red Sox Prospect Jalen Beeks Cruises Through 5 Innings Before Imploding in Paw Sox Loss
The Pawtucket Red Sox lost game one of a four game series against the Norfolk Tides 7-3 at McCoy Stadium tonight in front of 5,125 fans.
The Paw Sox received really good pitching tonight from Jalen Beeks tonight. In the 1st 5 innings, Beeks was able to no-hit the Tides before he imploded in the 6th. Beeks gave up 3 home runs thanks to Drew Dosch, Chris Johnson, and Pedro Alvarez.
With the Paw Sox down 7-1 in the 9th inning, they were able to score 2 runs with the help of 2 errors from Luis Sardinas. But that’s all the Paw Sox had tonight.
Jalen Beeks Dazzles Tides
Jalen Beeks was pitching very well during the 1st 5 innings of tonight’s game. During that time, only one batter reached base. That was a 1 out walk to Chris Johnson in the 4th inning. He was quickly erased as Francisco Pena grounded into a double play. Beeks was getting a lot of contact during the first 5 innings. In his past starts, Beeks has been able to pile up the strikeouts. Tonight, he only had 3 during the 1st 5 innings. He was very efficient as well, only pitching 53 pitches in the 1st 5 innings.
Beeks Falls Apart
Things began to fall apart for Beeks in the 6th inning. To lead off the inning, Drew Dosch ended the no-hit bid by taking a 1-0 pitch way out to right field to give the Norfolk Tide a 1-0 lead.
Later in the inning, Logan Schafer hit a ground ball to 3rd basemen Rafael Devers. Devers was unable to field it cleanly which resulted in an error. That was his 3rd fielding error in 6 games for the Paw Sox. 2 batters later, Chris Johnson hit a no-doubt home run deep to left field to give the Tide a 3-0 lead.
“They got to some fastballs. I thought he threw the ball great tonight, he looked really good. But when they did make contact, they did some damage” said Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles regarding Jalen Beeks tonight.
Chris Johnson is the son of Norfolk Tides manager Ron Johnson. Ron Johnson was the manager for the Paw Sox from 2005-2009. During his tenure with the PawSox, Johnson had a record of 357-359 for a .499 winning percentage.
Paw Sox Get A Run Back
The Paw Sox made things interesting in the 6th inning. It all began with a one out single by Bryce Brentz. Then Josh Rutledge hit a bouncing double over the 3rd baseman to put runners on 2nd and 3rd base with only one out. Following a Rafael Devers walk, Matt Dominguez almost grounded into a double play on a ground ball to the 3rd baseman Chris Johnson. Luckily for the Paw Sox, he was unable to handle it which allowed Brentz to come in and score.
The Paw Sox rally then ended abruptly as Heiker Meneses grounded into the 4-6-3 double play. That got the Tide out of anymore trouble and ended the night for Tides starting pitcher Jayson Aquino. The final pitching line on Aquino was 6 innings pitched, giving up 7 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts on 88 pitches (56 strikes).
Tide Put It Away
After The Paw Sox were able to add a run in the 6th, the Tide were able to put the game away in the 7th. To lead off the inning, Pedro Alvarez hit a first pitch home run off of Jalen Beeks into the metal bleachers in right-center field to give the Tide a 4-1 lead. Following a ground out to the shortstop by Adam Brett Walker, Luis Sardinas and Drew Dosch hit back to back singles. That’s when Paul Janish hit a single to left field that Bryce Brentz miss played which allowed 2 runners to score.
After a walk of Logan Schafer, Beeks was pulled from the game as Edgar Olmos came into the game. The final line on Jalen Beeks was 6 1/3 innings pitched, 6 hits, 6 runs, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 3 home runs on 96 pitches (61 strikes).
In the 9th inning, the Tide were able get a run off of Olmos. It began with a one out single by Drew Dosch. Then Paul Janish hit a double down into the left field corner. That gave Dosch enough time to come in and score from 1st base.
Edgar Olmos came up big for the Paw Sox who were short on pitching. In 2 2/3 innings, he gave up 2 hits, 1 run, and 1 walk on 38 pitches (22 strikes).
Paw Sox Make It Interesting In The 9th
The 9th inning was error filled for the Norfolk Tides. It began with Luis Sardinas misplaying a ground ball off the bat of Matt Dominguez. The next batter, Heiker Meneses hits a ground ball to the shortstop. The short stop Paul Janish tried to go the short way to 2nd base, but Sardinas dropped it. Sardinas committed 2 errors on 2 consecutive plays.
Following a walk to Dan Butler, Aneury Tavarez grounded into a 3-6 fielders choice that allowed a run to score to make it a 7-2 ballgame. Then Tzu-wei Lin hit a single up the middle to drive in a run that made it a 7-3 ballgame. But that’s all that the Paw Sox would get as Ryan Court grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game. The Paw Sox lost 7-3 to the Norfolk Tides tonight.