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Paw Sox Sweep Bulls Behind The Bat Of Ryan Court



Paw Sox Sweep Bulls Behind The Bat Of Ryan Court

The Paw Sox went for the four game sweep this afternoon against the Durham Bulls at cold and dreary McCoy Stadium. The pitching match up was Shawn Haviland for the Paw Sox against Yonny Chirinos for the Bulls. Going into Monday’s game, Shawn Haviland was 2-4 with a 4.01 ERA in 49.1 innings for the Paw Sox. Chirinos was 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 32 innings with the Durham Bulls.

Effective Pitching From Both Sides

In the first 5 innings, you could tell that both of these teams were tying to have a quick game. Batters were swinging at early in the counts as they tried to get this game going. The one glimmer of offense came off the bat of Steve Selsky in the 3rd inning. In the 3rd inning, Selsky hit a long fly ball down the left field line that the umpires ruled foul. It was difficult to tell if it was fair or foul, but based on the reaction by the Paw Sox bullpen, it was fair.

Paw Sox Begin The Scoring

In the 5th inning, the Paw Sox finally got the scoring started. With 1 out, Bryce Brentz hit a double down the left field line to get himself into scoring position. The next batter, Jantzen Witte, hit a single up the middle to drive in Brentz to put the Paw Sox up 1-0.

But the lead didn’t last long for the Paw Sox however. In the top of the 6th, Shane Peterson hit a 1 out double to put himself into scoring position. After a strikeout of Casey Gillaspie, Mike Marajama hits a left field to tie the game at 1. Haviland then struck out Johnny Field looking to end the 6th. That ended Haviland’s day. He went 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and 6 K’s on 97 pitches (65 strikes).

Ryan Court Comes Up Big

To begin the 7th inning, Brandon Workmen, who was the counter move to Price being activate today. He pitched well in 2 innings of work today, giving up only 1 base runner, which was a walk to Patrick Leonard in the 8th inning. He ended up with the win this afternoon as the Paw Sox took the lead for good in the 7th inning as Ryan Court hit a lead off home run into the Bulls bullpen.

The Paw Sox then added an insurance run in the 8th inning. It began as Pablo Sandoval hit a double into the gap in right-center field. Later in the inning, Ryan Court came up with a big single up the middle to give the Paw Sox a 3-1 lead. It could have been more runs by the Paw Sox, but Blake Swihart grounded into a 6-3 double play with runners on the corners to end the inning.

In the 9th inning, Noe Ramirez came in to close out the game on 18 pitches as the Paw Sox won 3-1 in a quick game time of 2:34 in front of 3,147 fans. Brandon Workmen got the win as Neil Wagner got the loss for the Bulls.

Looking Forward

The Paw Sox begin a 6 game road trip that takes them to Norfolk, Virginia to take on the Norfolk Tides in a 3 game series. They will then go to Durham, North Carolina as the have a 3 more games against the Bulls. It all begins tomorrow night as they take on the Norfolk Tides at 6:35pm with the pitching match up being Marcus Walden for the Paw Sox and Gabriel Ynoa for the Tide.

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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