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Paw Sox Are Playing The Rochester Red Wings In Game 1 Of Sundays Doubleheader

The Paw Sox are continuing their 4 game series with the Rochester Red Wings on Sunday afternoon. Just like yesterday, they are playing 2 today. Yesterday, both teams split the double header. In game 1, the Paw Sox won 2-1 in 8 innings. The Paw Sox were on the wrong end of a no hitter going into the 7th and final inning before the Bryce Brentz hit a 2 out double to center field to tie the game at 1. Then in the 8th inning, Jantzen Witte hit a walk off solo home run to left field.

In game 2, the Paw Sox lost 7-5 thanks to a 5 run 2nd inning for the Red Wings. Bryce Brentz did hit a grand slam for the Paw Sox in the 1st inning, to give the Paw Sox a 4-2 lead. Later in the game, Dan Butler hit his 1st home run of the season to make it a 7-5 ball game. But that is all the offense the Paw Sox could come up with.

Here is your lineup for the Rochester Red Wings (30-33):

CF Zack Granite,

DH Matt Hague

RF Niko Goodrum

C Mitch Graver

1B Byung Ho Park

3B Leonard Reginatto

LF J.B. Shuck

2B Bengie Gonzalez

SS Engelb Vielma

SP Chris Heston

Here is the lineup for the Pawtucket Red Sox (34-30):

DH Rusney Castillo

RF Brian Bogusevic

1B Sam Travis

LF Ryan Court

CF Steve Selsky

C Blake Swihart

2B Deven Marrero

3B Jantzen Witte

SS Mike Miller

SP Henry Owens

Top 1st Inning (1-0 Red Wings)

Henry Owens began his outing with the most surprising outcome ever! He struck out Zack Granite on a 2-2 fastball. However, Owens got back to his normal self by walking Matt Hague on 4 pitches. Then in an 8 pitch battle with Niko Goodrum, Owens was able to strike him out. Owens did get 2 swing and misses on his off speed stuff. Hopefully it was his off speed stuff, the pitches were only in the high 80’s. Following a single to left field for Mitch Graver, Byung Ho Park hit a line shot up the middle that almost hit Owens. This gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead.

Bottom 1st Inning (1-0 Red Wings)

Rusney Castillo led off for the Paw Sox as the DH. He flew out to centerfield, but the center fielder had trouble finding the ball. At first, he thought the ball was way back, but he had to run in on it to make the nice catch. Following a ground out to the 3rd basemen, Sam Travis hit a single to left field for the Paw Sox 1st hit on the day. To end the inning Ryan Court hit into the 5-4 fielders choice to end the inning.

Top 2nd Inning (2-0 Red Wings)

Owens showed his control problems in the beginning of the inning. Owens’ 1st pitch to J.B. Shuck hit him in the back. It was a slider that was supposed to be on the outside of the plate. Shuck is a left handed hitter which tells you how bad the pitch was. The control problems continued with a 5 pitch walk to Bengie Gonzalez. The next batter, Engelb Vielma, walked on 5 pitches to loaded the bases with no outs for the Red Wings.

Owens started to get burned on all of these walks when Zack Granite came up with the bases loaded. He hit a hanging fly ball to left field for a single. That only drove in one run. After that, somehow Owens got out of it without giving up another run by getting Hague to hit a line shot to the 3rd basemen and then he got Goodrum to hit into a 5-4-3 double play.

Bottom 2nd Inning (2-0 Red Wings)

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Paw Sox went 1-2-3. Selsky hit a fly ball to left field to lead off the inning. Then Swihart hit a fly ball to Center field. Then Marrero struck out swinging to end the inning.

Top 3rd Inning (2-0 Red Wings)

Henry Owens started to pitch like an effective pitcher in the 3rd inning. He started the inning by striking out Graver swinging. Then Owens got part to fly out to right field for the 2nd out. Then Reginatto grounded out to the short stop to end the inning. Owens has 62 pitches through 3 innings.

Bottom 3rd Inning (2-0 Red Wings)

The Paw Sox somewhat got the offense going in the 3rd inning. Following a fly ball by Witte, Mike Miller and Rusney Castillo hit back to back singles to put runners on the corners with 1 out. But then right on cue, Rusney Castillo was picked off 1st base to kill the Paw Sox rally. Then Bogusevic grounded out to the 1st basemen to end the inning.

Top 4th Inning (2-0 Red Wings)

Owens made quick work of the Red Wings in the 4th inning. To lead off the inning, Shuck flew out to left field. Then Gonzalez bunted back to Owens, who got the runner out at 1st. To end the inning, Vielma hit a ground ball to Miller at short stop to end the inning.

Bottom 4th Inning (2-2 Tie)

Sam Travis led off the inning with a hard hit single to the left field. Ryan Court then hit a broken bat single to left field to put 2 runners on with no outs. The next batter was Steve Selsky. Recently, Selsky and Brentz have been on a tear in the Paw Sox lineup. Unfortunately this was not one of those times. Selsky hit into a 5-4-3 double play.


Blake Swihart was up with 2 outs and a runner on 3rd base. He has struggled most of the year for the Paw Sox, but he hit a hard hit ball into the Red Wings bullpen to tie the game at 2. This might have messed with the Red Wings starter Chris Heston a little bit as Deven Marrero hit a swinging bunt to the left side of the infield. Heston played the ball and threw it wide to 1st base as Marrero was credited with the single. Witte ended the inning by hitting a ground ball to the 3rd basemen, who then went to 2nd base for the force out.

Top 5th Inning (2-2 Tie)

Owens made really nice plat to begin the inning. Granite hit a swinging bunt to the right side of the infield. Owens came over to play it by bare handing it to 1st base for the out. Following that ground ball, Owens then got Hague and Goodrum to pop out to the 3rd basemen and the catcher. Owens has retired the last 11 Red Wing batters. That began in the 2nd inning when Owens got Hague to line out to 3rd base.

Bottom 5th Inning (2-2 Tie)

Drew Rucinski replaced Chris Heston to begin the 5th inning. Heston went 4 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 runs, and struck out 1 on 68 pitches (45 strikes). In the 5th inning, the Paw Sox had a chance to score. Mike Miller hit a fly ball to right field to lead off the inning. It also got down for a base hit, but Niko Goodrum came in for the diving catch for the out. Rusney Castillo then hit a single up the middle for his 2nd hit of the day.

Rucinski was able to get out of the inning for the Red Wings after that. He got Bogusevic and Travis to hit ground balls to the 2nd basemen to end the inning.

Top 6th Inning (2-2 Tie)

Henry Owens continued to pitch well after his rocky start. Following a strike out of Mitch Garver, he got Park and Reginatto to fly out. Today is the 1st time Owens was able to get a 1-2-3 inning from May 10th. That is over 6 starts.

Bottom 6th Inning (2-2 Tie)

Ryan Court led off the inning by striking out swinging. Selsky started to get something going for the Paw Sox by hitting a single to left field for a single. That was his 1st hit of the day. Swihart then was in the middle of a long at bat. Rucinski was trying to pick off Selsky from 1st base. Then one of his throws was an error throw which got Selsky to 2nd base. Unfortunately, Selsky was actually picked off 2nd base for the out to kill the rally. To end the inning, Swihart flew out deep to center field.

Top 7th Inning (2-2 Tie)

Owens streak of retiring 14 batters ended in the 7th inning. To lead off the inning, Owens walked Shuck where he struggled to throw strikes. But Owens then got out of the inning pretty quickly. Gonzalez had a sac bunt to get Shuck over to 2nd base. He then got Vielma to strike out looking and then he got Granite to pop out to the Short Stop to end the inning.

Bottom 7th Inning (2-2 Tie)

Paw Sox went down quickly in the 7th inning. Devin Marrero Struck out swinging to lead off the inning. Jantzen Witte then hit a weak pop-up to the 1st basemen. Mike Miller ended the inning by grounding out to the short stop to end the inning. We head to extra inning in game 1 of today’s doubleheader.

Top 8th Inning (3-2 Red Wings)

Kyle Martin came in for Henry Owens as we head into extras at McCoy Stadium. Owens’ final pitching line was 7 inning, giving up 3 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks, 5 strike outs on 105 pitches (64 strikes). He pitched really well after the 2nd inning today by retiring 14 batters in a row at one point.

The Red Wings took the lead back in the 8th inning as Matt Hague hit a lead off home run. The ball looked like it was going to be a harmless fly ball, but the ball kept carrying and it ultimately landed in the flower bed in front of the berm in left field. Martin then got Goodrum to hit a ground ball to 2nd base. He then struck out Graver before Park hit a double right field. Luckily, Park wouldn’t get any father as Reginatto grounded out to 3rd base to end the inning.

Bottom 8th Inning (Red Wings Win 3-2)

Rusney Castillo led off the inning for the Paw Sox as they tried to at least tie the game. Castillo was hit by a pitch to put the lead off runner on for the Paw Sox. Then Bogusevic hit a ground ball to the 2nd basemen who couldn’t field it. Bogusevic was safe at 1st and Castillo got to 3rd base. This put runners on the corners with no outs.

Sam Travis had a chance to do something big for the Paw Sox. Unfortunately he struck out on 3 pitches. Then Ryan Court struck out in a tough at bat. The game then came down to Steve Selsky with runners on the corners with 2 outs.

Steve Selsky struck out on 4 pitches. Nothing was close. The Paw Sox lose game 1 of today’s double header 3-2. Kyle Martin got the loss and Michael Tonkin got the win.

Game 2 of today’s double header starts in about 30 minutes.

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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