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Paw Sox Win 6-2 Behind Great Performance From Velázquez

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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.

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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