Hector Velazquez Pitches Well In Paw Sox win
On Monday night, Hector Velazquez pitched for the Pawtucket Red Sox as they looked to end their 8 game losing streak at McCoy Stadium. The Paw Sox were facing the Charlotte Knights, the AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Hector Velazquez pitched well and led the Paw Sox to a 7-0 win.
In 5 scoreless innings, Velazquez gave up 2 hits, 2 walks, and he had a season high 9 strikeouts on 88 pitches (58 strikes). However in the 1st inning with one out, Avisali Garcia hit a ball up the middle that deflected off of Velazquez in the foot/ankle area. After the play, he did stay in the game. Velazquez was able to get the out at 1st after he was hit by the ball.
Paw Sox looked confident that they were going to end their 8 game home losing streak
After Hector Velazquez was hit off the foot/ankle area with 1 out in the 1st, he did walk the next batter Cody Asche on 4 pitches. After that, it looked like the come backer didn’t phase him at all.
Velazquez had a season high 9 strikeouts tonight, with all 9 strikeouts swinging. For a pitcher like Velazquez who depends on getting outs based on his command, that is very impressive.
His previous high on the season for strikeouts was 7, which he did two times. Once on May 27th against the Durham Bulls, then on July 7th at the Rochester Red Wings. He earned the win in both games.
Paw Sox Offense
The Paw Sox looked confident that they were going to end their 8 game home losing streak tonight in the 1st inning. After a lead-off single by Tzu-Wei Lin, Bryce Brentz hit a single to right field to drive in the 1st Paw Sox run. Later in the inning, Brian Bogusevic drove in Brentz with a single up the middle to make it a 2-0 game.
In the 3rd inning, Bryce Brentz seemed to put the game out of hand for the Knights. After the first two batters reached base, Bryce Brentz hit his 25th home run of the season into the left field bullpen to make it a 5-0 ball game.
Paw Sox Win
The Paw Sox went on to score 2 more runs on the night to give them a 7-0 win. That was the 16th shutout of the year for the Paw Sox pitching staff.
The final 4 innings were pitched by all star Edgar Olmos. During that time, he went 4 innings, giving up 1 hits, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts on 57 pitches (35 strikes). His work gave him credit for the save.