Paw Sox Win 6-2 Behind Great Performance From Velázquez
Tonight the Paw Sox and the Durham Bulls played the second game of their four game series at McCoy stadium. In the 1st game on Friday night, the Paw Sox won 5-4 on a walk off single off the bat of Bryce Brentz in the 12th inning. Tonight the starting pitching matchup was Hector Velázquez vs. Jacob Faria.
Going into Saturday night, Jacob Faria is 5-1 with a 3.40 ERA, 71 K’s (which leads the international league), in 47.2 innings on the season with AAA Durham. For the Paw Sox, Héctor Velázquez was making his first start with the team since his start with the Boston Red Sox against the Oakland Athletics. In that game he went 5 innings, giving up 6 earned run and 3 home runs in an 8-3 Red Sox loss. This season with the Paw Sox, Velázquez is 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA in 29 innings, while giving up 1 home run on May 13th against the Rochester Red Wings.
In the 1st inning for the Bulls, Willy Adames hit a towering fly ball down the right field line that Bryce Brentz dove for but couldn’t get it. Adames was same at 2nd base with a double. Then with 2 outs, Pat Leonard hit a single up the middle to drive in Adames to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead early.
In the 2nd inning, Jantzen Witte worked a walk with one out. The next batter, Bryce Brentz, followed his walk off single on Friday night with his 6th homerun of the season, into the left field berm to give the Paw Sox a 2-1 lead.
The Bulls weren’t down long however. In the 4th inning, Pat Leonard hit a single that ended a streak of eight straight batters retired by Velázquez. Leonard then stole 2nd base to put himself into scoring position. Then with 2 outs, Casey Gillaspie drives in Leonard with a single to centerfield to tie the game at 2.
In the 4th inning, Bryce Brentz hit a rocket up the middle that hit Bulls starting pitcher Jacob Faria in the legs. He stayed in the game to face Matt Dominguez, who he struck out swinging. That was the last batter he would face on the night however. In the 5th inning, Yoel Espinal would takeover on the mound pitching. Farias’ final pitching line was 4 innings, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 7 K’s on 69 pitches (44 strikes).
With Espinal in the game, the Paw Sox blew it wide open. It started with Mike Miller and Ryan Court who had back to back walks. Following a 3-6-1 FC, there were runners on the corners with Pablo Sandoval batting. During the at bat, Espinal launched a wild pitch that brought in Mike Miller to give the Paw Sox a 3-2 lead. Sandoval then walked to put 2 runners on for Steve Selsky. Selsky then hit his 5th home run of the season just over the left field fence to give the Paw Sox a 6-2 lead.
In the 9th inning, Chandler Shepherd came in to close out the game for the Paw Sox. He had a very impressive inning, striking out 2 batters before getting Shane Peterson to ground out to the short stop to end the game for the Paw Sox.
The Paw Sox improved to 19-24 on the season with the 6-2 over the Durham Bulls tonight in front of 7,593 fans at McCoy Stadium. The Paw Sox wrap up the series and the home stand Sunday and Monday with back to back 1:35pm first pitches both nights.