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Hector Velazquez Pitches Well In Paw Sox win

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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.

The Paw Sox were able to score often off of Chris Volstad tonight. That included a 3-run home run by Bryce Brentz in the 3rd inning. That was the 25th home run of the season for Brentz.

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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.

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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.

The Paw Sox will play the Charlotte Knights again tomorrow night at 7:05 pm at McCoy Stadium. The projected starting pitchers are Jalen Beeks for the Paw Sox and Tyler Danish for the Knights.

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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