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Paw Sox Live Blog Of Game 2 Against Red Wings



Paw Sox Live Blog In Game 2 Of Today’s Doubleheader Against The Rochester Red Wings

The Paw Sox dropped game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Rochester Red Wings 3-2 in 8 innings. In game 2 today, Tim Melville will pitch against Edgar Olmos.

Top 1st Inning (0-0 Game)

Olmos worked quickly in the 1st inning today. He got Zack Granite to ground out to 2nd base to lead off the inning. Then Olmos struck out Hague and Goodrum to end the inning.

Bottom 1st Inning (0-0 Game)

Rusney Castillo led off the game by getting hit by a pitch. He then stole 2nd base to put himself in scoring position. Ryan Court then walked for the Paw Sox to put 2 runners on. Sam Travis was up with 2 runners on and no outs. On an 0-2 count, Paw Sox Manager Kevin Boles had the hit and run on. Travis Struck out but both runners advanced. The next 2 batters, Steve Selsky and Allen Craig, struck out looking to end the inning.

Top 2nd Inning (0-0 Game)

Olmos continued his pace in the 2nd inning. It began by getting Byung Ho Park to hit a ground ball pack to the pitcher. He then got John Ryan Murphy to fly out to right field. To end the inning, Tommy Field grounded out to the 3rd basemen.

Bottom 2nd Inning (1-0 Paw Sox)

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Jantzen Witte hit a fly ball to right field to lead off the inning. Matt Dominguez then hit a popup to the shortstop for the 2nd out of the inning. Following back to back walks of Deven Marrero and Dan Butler, Rusney Castillo then hit a single up the middle to drive in Marreo to give the Paw Sox a 1-0 lead. Ryan Court ended the inning by striking out swinging.

Top 3rd Inning (1-1 Tie)

To begin the 3rd inning, J.B. Shuck hit a fly ball to the wall in left center field for a double. The next batter, Bengie Gonzalez, hit a ground ball to Deven Marrero at shortstop. Marrero decided to try to get the runner out at 3rd base, but the throw was high and it went past the 3rd basemen. Shuck then came in to tie the game at 1.

Olmos then started to get outs by striking out Engelb Vielma. He then walked Zack Granite to put 2 runners on. Olmos then got the double play that he was hoping for by getting Matt Hague to ground into the 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Bottom 3rd Inning (1-1 Tie)

The inning began for the Paw Sox with Sam Travis hitting a line shot that was caught by the 2nd basemen. Steve Selsky then hit a ground ball to the shortstop for an out. Then Allen Craig ended the inning by grounding out to the 3rd basemen.

Top 4th Inning (1-1 Tie)

Olmos came back out for the 4th inning after allowing a run to score in the 3rd. Olmos got Goodrum to line out to Marrero at shortstop to lead off the inning. Following a strike out of Park, Olmos got John Ryan Murphy to ground out to the 1st basemen who was way off the bag. Olmos came over to cover the bag for the out.

On that play to end the inning, Olmos and Murphy collided at 1st base. Olmos was hit hard and fell down hard. After a minute, he did get up under his own power.

Bottom 4th Inning (1-1 Tie)

The Paw Sox went down in order quickly in the 4th inning. Witte grounded out to the shortstop, Dominguez flew out to center field, and Marrero flew out to right field.

Top 5th inning (2-1 Red Wings)

Olmos came out for the 5th inning after he collided at 1st base to end the 4th inning. He shouldn’t have come out for the 5th as he gave up a single to Tommy Field to lead off the inning. Then J.B. Shuck hit a single to center field for another base hit. That however got ugly as Castillo couldn’t field it cleanly and it went by him. Then Selsky couldn’t field it cleanly too. Both were charged with errors as Field came in to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead.

That’s all the Red Wings got as Olmos got the next 3 batters out. Gonzalez flew out to left field and Vielma flew out to center field. Olmos then finished it off with a glove to glove shovel pass on a ground ball Zack Granite.

Bottom 5th Inning (2-1 Red Wings)

Paw Sox tried to get it going as Dan Butler led off with a lead off walk. Then on the 1st pitch to Castillo, he hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Ryan Court then hit a hard single to left field to put another runner on. Sam Travis hit a hard single to right field with the hit and run on for a base hit. On the first pitch to Steve Selsky, he flew out to the center fielder to end the inning.

Top 6th Inning (2-1 Red Wings)

To lead off the inning, Hague hit a hard double down the left field line to put a runner at 2nd base. Niko Goodrum then hit a bouncing ball that went over the 3rd base bag. Dominguez let the ball go by him as Goodrum got a single. Park then hit a line shot to Dominguez who caught it and went to 1st base for the out. After that, Murphy hit a ground ball to Dominguez. Hague went home, and so did Dominguez. The Paw Sox got him out on a 5-2-6 fielders choice. To end the inning, Tommy Field grounded out to the shortstop.

Bottom 6th Inning (2-1 Red Wings)

Trevor Hildenberger came in to pitch for the Red Wings in the 6th inning. The inning began with a Allen Craig striking out swinging. Jantzen Witte then got a runner on by hitting a single to left field with 1 out. But Dominguez ended the threat by grounding into the 6-4-3 double play.

Top 7th Inning (2-1 Red Wings)

Ty Buttrey came in to take over for Olmos in the 7th inning. Olmos pitched well this afternoon. In 6 innings, he gave up 5 hits, 2 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts on 76 pitches (47 strikes).

Buttrey pitched very quickly in the 7th inning. It began with J.B. Shuck grounding out to 1st base. Then Gonzalez hit a fly ball to left field for the 2nd out. To end the inning, Buttrey struck out Vielma swinging.

Bottom 7th Inning (2-1 Red Wings)

The Paw Sox came up in the bottom of the 7th inning, 3 outs away from losing both ends of Sundays doubleheader. The inning began with Deven Marrero striking out swinging. Then Dan Butler hit a fly ball to right field for an out. Castillo gave the Paw Sox a chance by hitting a single to right field. But Ryan Court ended it by striking out swinging.

Tim Melville got the win in game 2 ans Olmos suffered the Loss. The Paw Sox continue the home stand on Monday night as the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs come in for a 3 game series beginning at 7:05pm.

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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