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Paw Sox Destroy Bisons 11-0 Behind Shawn Haviland Complete Game Shutout



Paw Sox Destroy Bisons 11-0 Behind Shawn Haviland Complete Game Shutout

The Paw Sox began their 4 game series against the Buffalo Bisons, the AAA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night. The Bisons come in at 31-26 on the season, while the Paw Sox are 27-27. Home field advantage has been big for the Paw Sox recently, as they are winners of 8 straight games at McCoy Stadium. Shawn Haviland was pitching for the Paw Sox tonight against T.J. House for the Bisons. Haviland was making his first start since May 29th when he gave up 1 run in 6 innings against the Durham Bulls.

Haviland was put onto the 7 day disabled list on June 3rd, retroactive to May 31st. He was activated off the DL on Wednesday June 7th.

Paw Sox Offense

In the 3rd inning, the Paw Sox started their slug-fest for the night. With 1 out, Ryan Court got the offense going with a solo home run off the center field building to give the Paw Sox a 1-0 lead on the night.

In the 4th inning, the Paw Sox started to blow this game open. The Paw Sox first loaded the bases, thanks to a lead off walk to Bryce Brentz, then back to back hit by pitches to Brian Bogusevic and Blake Swihart. Allen Craig then hit a single up the middle to drive in a run. Jantzen Witte then hit a ball back to the pitcher who went to 1st base to bring in another run. To finish the scoring in the 4th inning, Mike Miller hit a double to drive in 2 runs. This gave the Paw Sox a 5-0 lead.

After the Paw Sox took a 6-0 lead in the 6th inning, the Paw Sox blew this game open completely in the 7th inning. The Paw Sox put up a 5 spot on the score board, thanks to lots of walks and singles. The big hit in the inning was a single to right field by Rusney Castillo that brought in 2 runs. Then a single up the middle by Steve Selsky made it an 11-0 ballgame.

Shawn Haviland Brilliant Pitching

The story of the night however was Shawn Haviland who had a complete game shutout on 94 pitches (66 strikes). His final pitching line was 9 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, and 7 strikes outs. This was the first Paw Sox complete game shutout since Steven Wright did it on July 28th, 2013 against the Louisville Bats.

“He was outstanding tonight. He set the tone with those 5 strike outs in a row, through the first 6 hitters. I thought his breaking ball was a plus pitch for him today. Best outing we’ve seen from him so far” said manager Kevin Boles after the game.

It gives a different look, it’s a mental edge. It gets in the back of hitters minds when he’s going to drop down. I think it makes him a lot more effective on right handed hitters, it creates a little more deception” said Boles regarding Havilands’ ability to change his arm slot during the game, “to be able to throw strikes with it and quality with it, I think that’s a credit to him“.

Tomorrows Game

Haviland improved his record on the season to 3-4 with last nights win. T.J. House suffered the loss as his record is now 5-5 on the season. The Paw Sox continue the home stand tonight against the Buffalo Bisons at 7:05pm. Jalen Beeks is pitching for the Paw Sox as he makes his 2nd start at the AAA level.

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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Red Sox Trade Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates



Bryce Brentz

Red Sox Trade OF Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates

The Red Sox have announced that they have traded outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. This creates a spot for newly signed JD Martinez on the 40 man roster, and ultimately the opening day 25 man roster.

Last season for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Bryce Brentz hit .271 with 31 home runs and 85 RBI’s. Those 31 home runs was the most out of any player in the Red Sox organization. However his fielding was okay at best.

This season, Bryce Brentz was on track to be the number 4 outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. But with the acquisition of JD Martinez, this would force Bryce Brentz off the opening day roster. Since Bryce Brentz no longer has anymore options, this trade makes sure that the Red Sox get something out of getting rid of him. Otherwise the Red Sox would have just designated him for assignment.

Bryce Brentz Highlights

Here are some of the highlights from last season for Bryce Brentz.

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Pawtucket Red Sox Close Out At Home And Thank Fans



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



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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