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Paw Sox Lose 9-5 In A Tough Game Against Tides

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Paw Sox Lose 9-5 In A Tough Game Against Norfolk Tides

The Pawtucket Red Sox dropped the second game of their four game series with the Norfolk Tides 9-5 on Friday night. There was a great crowd of 8,846 on a beautiful night at McCoy Stadium.

In the top of the 4th inning, the Tides began to put on an offense clinic. That was due to a flurry singles and walks off of Marcus Walden and Chandler Shepherd. The Tides scored 4 runs in the fourth, 2 runs in the 6th, and 3 runs in the 7th.

With the Paw Sox down 9-2 going into the ninth inning, it seemed like they were done. But they were able to score 3 runs. That’s when Rafael Devers came to the plate as the tying run. He ended up striking out with the bases loaded to end it.

Paw Sox Push In Runs

In the first two innings of tonight’s game, the Paw Sox were able to get a hit. In the first inning, Tzu-Wei Lin hit a single up the middle for the first Paw Sox hit. Then in the second inning, Rafael Devers hit a single to where the shortstop would be playing. With the Norfolk Tides playing Devers in the shift, the batted ball went into left field for a base hit.

It wasn’t until the third inning that the Paw Sox would push in a couple of runs off of Tides starting pitcher Tyler Wilson. It began with a walk of Dan Butler on a 3-2 count. Then Aneury Tavarez hit a single up the middle to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Following a popup to the 3rd basemen on a bunt attempt by Tzu-Wei Lin and a strike out by Josh Rutledge on a 3-2 count, up came Bryce Brentz. Brentz then walked to load the bases. That’s when Steve Selsky hit a a bouncing single into left field to drive in 2 runs. This gave the Paw Sox a 2-0 lead.

 

Walks And Singles Haunt Walden

In the fourth inning, the Tides were able to push 4 runs across the plate, thanks to a flurry of walks and singles. It began when Pedro Alvarez had a one out walk and Chance Sisco hit a single to right field. During the next at bat with Craig Gentry at the plate, Dan Butler had trouble fielding a ball. That’s when they were able to get Sisco out in a run down. Gentry ended up walking, then David Washington walked to load the bases for Paul Janish.

With Janish at the plate, Janish hit a 3-2 pitch up the middle to drive in 2 runs for the Tides. That tied the game at 2. The next batter, Logan Schafer hit a ball to the right side of the infield that was deflected into the outfield for a double that scored 1 run. On the play, Rutledge seemed to hit his head on the ground during his dive for the ball. He stayed in the game after the play.

The Tides pushed across their fourth run of the inning on a Luis Sardinas single. That made it 4-2 Tides after 4 innings.

Sixth Inning Puts It Away

Then in the 6th, the Tides were able to push across 2 more runs to give the Tides a 6-2 lead. It began when Paul Janish drove in a run with a single to left field. After a strikeout of Logan Schafer, Walden was pulled from the game. That’s when Chandler Shepherd came in to pitch for the Paw Sox.

With Shepherd in, he gave up a single to Sardinas that drove in the 6th Tides run. That would be all that was charged to Walden on the night. Walden’s final line was 5 1/3 innings, 10 hits, 6 runs, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts on 89 pitches (49 strikes).

Paw Sox Lose

In the Tides portion of the 7th inning, they were able to push across 3 more runs to make it a 9-2 game. The Paw Sox did make things interesting in the 9th as they scored 3 runs. But that wasn’t enough. The Tides went on to win 9-5.

Robby Scott did pitch in his 2nd game for the Paw Sox since he was sent down to AAA Pawtucket on Monday. In his 1 inning of work, he struck out 2 batters on 10 pitches (9 strikes).

The Paw Sox did make it interesting in the 9th inning as they were able to bat around in the inning. Tavarez was able to drive in a run with a ground out to the first basemen. Brentz was able to walk with the bases loaded. Then Selsky hit a single to drive in a run. Even with being down 7 runs in the 9th inning, they were able to bring the tying run to the plate in Rafael Devers. Unfortunately Devers struck out on a high fastball to end the game.

The Paw Sox will play the 3rd game of their series with the Norfolk Tides on Saturday night at 6:15pm. The pitching match up will be Chris Lee for the Tides and Shawn Haviland for the Paw Sox.

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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