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Boston Red Sox Prospect Jalen Beeks Cruises Through 5 Innings Before Imploding in Paw Sox Loss



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.

The Paw Sox are back at it again tomorrow night at 7:05 pm as they look to end their 2 game loosing streak. The pitching match up is Tyler Wilson for the Tides and Marcus Walden for the Paw Sox.

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Pawtucket Red Sox Close Out At Home And Thank Fans



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Pawtucket Red Sox Close Out At Home And Thank Fans

The Pawtucket Red Sox closed out their home schedule at McCoy Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Paw Sox went on to win the game 3-0 over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. The only runs scored on the afternoon came from a 3 run blast off the bat of Tzu-Wei Lin. Hector Velazquez also had a great game for the Paw Sox. In 7 innings, he only gave up 1 hit as he earned the win.

After the game, the Paw Sox had several promotions going on around the ballpark as they thanked their fans for a great season. The Paw Sox had pony rides on the football field next to the stadium. They let kids run the bases after game. They even had a helicopter drop tennis balls onto the field

The Paw Sox welcomed 409,960 fans into McCoy Stadium this season. That was up from the 2016 season. In the 2016 season, 407,097 fans went through the turnstiles at McCoy Stadium. There were also 11 sellouts at McCoy Stadium this season.

Helicopter Drop

During the helicopter drop, the Pawtucket Red Sox placed three hula hoops in center field. Each hula hoop represented a section of the ballpark. You can find the whole video on the Trifecta Face Book page or you can find a portion of it below.

The prize that the team gave out to fans was free frostys from Wendys. That was on top of the free frostys that they were giving out to all the fans from the “Pop Flys For Frostys” promotion that the team has during the game.

Day As A Whole

Pawtucket Red Sox players thanked their fans after the game by throwing soft toss balls into the crowd. After that, the team had the helicopter come in to drop the tennis balls on to the field.

Once the helicopter left McCoy Stadium, the Paw Sox let kids run the bases. Then in the football field next to the stadium, the Paw Sox had horses for children to ride.

The next Pawtucket Red Sox game to be played at McCoy Stadium is on Friday April 6th, 2018 against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

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Red Sox Prospect Hector Velazquez Dazzles In Start With Paw Sox



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Red Sox Prospect Hector Velazquez Dazzles In Start With Paw Sox

Hector Velazquez started on the mound today as the Pawtucket Red Sox closed out their home schedule at McCoy Stadium. He dazzled the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs through 7 innings while giving up only 1 hit. HE was credited with the win as the Paw Sox went on to beat the Iron Pigs 3-0 in front of 8,207 fans.

Before today, Velazquez looked like he was starting to get tired. Over a 3 start period, he gave up 10 runs (9 earned). For a guy who has had an ERA for a majority of the season around 1.50, that is very troubling.

But the last time he pitched before today was 9 days ago, and it looked like it benefited him greatly. Velazquez and Brian Johnson are two players that could give the Red Sox pitching staff a huge boost this September.

Hector Velazquez last 4 starts at AAA Pawtucket:

  • July 29th at Indianapolis: 5 innings, giving up 8 hits, 5 runs (2 home runs), 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts on 74 pitches (47 strikes).
  • August 7th vs. Charlotte: 5 innings, giving up 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts on 88 pitches (58 strikes).
  • August 12th against Columbus: 4 innings, giving up 7 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), 3 walks, and struck out 3 on 92 pitches (51 strikes).
  • August 18th at Columbus: 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, 3 runs (1 home run) 1 walk, and struck out 5 on 97 pitches (61 strikes).

Velazquez Today

Velazquez was optioned to the Boston Red Sox on August 22nd before being re-optioned back to AAA Pawtucket on the 24th. This gave Velazquez an extra 4 days off. It looked like Velazquez benefited from extra time off.

Today Velazquez showed that he can pitch exactly like how he was earlier this season. A few weeks ago after his start against the Columbus Clippers, I said that it looked like Velazquez was tired and needed down time. Today he was able to have his start on extra rest, and pitched like he was refreshed.

Velazquez easily had his best start of the season for Paw Sox. In 7 innings, today, he gave up 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts on 95 pitches (62 strikes). The one hit he gave up was a 2 out single to Cameron Perkins in the 1st inning. After that he retired 19 of the next 20 batters to close out his day.

Velazquez Going Forward

Hector Velazquez and Brian Johnson are two pitchers that are probably going to be called up to Boston this September. Both pitchers are capable of starting games for the Boston Red Sox too. They both could come up big for the Red Sox if they do need them while the Red Sox try to get some extra rest for their current starters.

Earlier this month, it looked like that Velazquez was starting to get tired. At one point over 3 starts, he gave up 9 earned runs over 14 innings. That was from a guy who had a 1.58 ERA at the beginning of that stretch.

This extra time off looked like it benefited Velazquez greatly. Going forward, I see that Velazquez could be a valuable member of the Red Sox pitching staff come this September.

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Carson Smith Dazzles In Rehab Appearance



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Carson Smith Dazzles In Rehab Appearance With The Pawtucket Red Sox

Boston Red Sox reliever Carson Smith made his 8th rehab appearance on Saturday night at McCoy Stadium. It was his seventh appearance for the Pawtucket Red Sox with the right hander continuing his journey back after undergoing Tommy John Surgery.

Smith was initially slated to pitch on Friday night with the goal getting him to an every-other-day schedule. But after a discussion on Friday, it was determined, pushing him back a day was the right move.

Smiths Rehab Appearances

  1. August 5th for the Portland Sea Dogs: .1 IP, 0 H, 3 BB, 2 ER
  2. August 8th for the Pawtucket Red Sox: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 SO
  3. August 12th for the Pawtucket Red Sox: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 SO
  4. August 15th for the Pawtucket Red Sox: .1 IP, 3 H, 2ER
  5. August 18th for the Pawtucket Red Sox: 1.0 IP, 1 BB
  6. August 21st for the Pawtucket Red Sox: 1.0 IP, 2 SO
  7. August 23rd for the Pawtucket Red Sox: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 SO
  8. August 26th for the Pawtucket Red Sox: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 SO

Saturday’s appearance for Smith was an effective one as he continues to take steps in the right direction.

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