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Paw Sox Shutout Mud Hens 6-0 At McCoy Tuesday Night



Paw Sox Shutout Mud Hens 6-0 Behind Outstanding Bullpen

The Paw Sox shut out the Toledo Mud Hens 6-0 on Tuesday night at McCoy Stadium. The game began with a quick 10 minute rain delay, but that didn’t faze the Paw Sox at all.

The Paw Sox got the scoring quickly in the 1st inning, thanks to a double by Matt Dominguez that drove in 2. Later in the game, Bryce Brentz drove in 3 runs thanks to a 2 run home run and a double.

With Chandler Shepherd making the spot start for the Paw Sox, it was evident that the Paw Sox were going to use the bull pen a lot tonight. Thanks to 5 pitchers, the Paw Sox combined  for a 5 hit shutout over the Mud Hens.

Paw Sox Offense

The Paw Sox offense got off to a quick start in the first inning. With Daniel Norris making a rehab start for the Tigers, the Paw Sox rattled him early. In the 1st inning, Aneury Tavarez had a lead off walk and then Heiker Meneses singled. Then with 2 outs, Matt Dominguez ripped a double down the left field line. Then a throwing error allowed Dominguez to score to give the Paw Sox a 3-0 lead.

The Paw Sox then added on to their lead in the 3rd inning. After Norris retired the 1st 2 batters, he walked Ryan Court. Then Bryce Brentz hit his 20th home run of the season into the metal bleachers in right-center field. That gave the Paw Sox a 5-0 lead. The home run by Brentz put him in a tie for the 2nd most amount of home runs in the league.

The Paw Sox scored their 6th run of the night in the 8th inning off of old friend Edward Mujica. Following a lead off triple by Heiker Meneses, Bryce Brentz hit a booming double to center field.

Rafael Devers had a pretty good night tonight as the Paw Sox DH. In 4 AB’s he went 2 for 4 with 2 singles. You can see footage of those singles below.

Paw Sox Pitching Shuts Down Mud Hens

Coming into tonight, we knew that it was going to be a bull pen game by the Paw Sox. Chandler Shepherd was called upon for the spot start for the Paw Sox. In 2 innings of work, he gave up 1 hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 on 35 pitches (23 strikes). That one hit was a 1 out double by Omar Infante with 1 out in the 2nd.

In the 3rd inning, Ty Buttrey took over for Shepherd. Buttrey pitched very well for the Paw Sox. In 3 innings he gave up only 1 hit and struck out 4 on 34 pitches (24 strikes). His 3 innings of work was enough to give Buttrey the win tonight.

Jamie Callahan then pitched in the 6th and 7th inning. He gave up 2 hits and struck out 3. That was on 29 pitches (23 strikes).

Robby Scott came in for the 8th inning for the Paw Sox. With Scott being optioned to Pawtucket last night. This was his first opportunity to see game action for the Paw Sox. In the 8th inning, he retired the Mud Hens 1-2-3. He then came out for the 9th inning. After he retired Jacoby Jones to lead off the inning, Scott gave up a hit to Efren Navarro. Then he walked Jason Krizan. That was all that Scott would see. In 1 1/3 innings, he gave up 1 hit and walked 1 on 31 pitches (17 strikes).

Noe Ramirez then came in to close it out for the Paw Sox and he did. The game ended as Ramirez got Tyler Collins striking out swinging. The Paw Sox won 6-0 over the Mud Hens.

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



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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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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