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Boston Red Sox Report: Hector Velazquez Has Trouble in His First MLB Start

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.

Boston Red Sox Report: Hector Velazquez Has Trouble in His First MLB Start
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