Boston Red Sox Report: Hector Velazquez Has Trouble in His First MLB Start As He Failed In Loss To The Oakland Athletics
Hector Velazquez took the start for the Boston Red Sox on [Thursday]. It was his first Major League start. And boy did he get knocked around. It wasn’t that he pitched that poorly but he wasn’t fooling anyone with his pitches. He got a few Ks, which helped but the Oakland Athletics knew what he was going to pitch next.
In the 1st Velazquez was in for a rude awakening, as Jed Lowrie went yard on a fastball. Welcome to the Majors Hector. The 2 Run Home Run tied the game at [2-2]. Then Khris Davis came up and on the next fastball he went bridge. It was an absolute bomb to center field. The solo Home Run made it [3-2] and that was just the 1st Inning. He would later give up some Runs in the 4th.
Red Sox Management kept him in there as they had a long game on [Wednesday] that went into extra innings. An RBI Double broke the tied ballgame with Oakland leading [4-3]. Then Chad Pinder launched one deep in the 4th. He went yard with a 2 Run Home Run making it [6-3]. Velazquez clearly wasn’t ready for the start. I mean seriously it was a bit painful to watch. Bottom line he should have been taken out of the game earlier. He gave up 8 Hits in 5 Innings, Striking out 3 and walking 1.
Robbie Ross came into the 6th in relief but gave up 2 Runs [8-3]. Red Sox hitting couldn’t recover from that deficit and they ended up losing in a final [8-3]. It was a loss that was inevitable with a Rookie on the mound. The Sox look to spring back with Ace Pitcher Chris Sale on the mound tonight.