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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 Lose 6-2 To Bisons Despite Good Start By Elias

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Pawtucket Red Sox Lose 6-2 To Bisons Despite Good Start By Elias

The Pawtucket Red Sox dropped game 2 of their 4 game series with the Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday night 6-2 at McCoy Stadium. There were 6,502 fans at McCoy Stadium tonight.

Roenis Elias Pitched much better then what his pitching line showed. He gave up 4 runs in 7 innings, but it should have only been 2 run. Elias was also pretty close to doing something that Craig Kimbrel and Rick Porcello have done this season.

The Paw Sox saw all of their offense from a two run home run from Matt Dominguez in the 4th inning. It was a home run that barley got out of the park.

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Pawtucket Red Sox Play Buffalo In Game 2 Of Their Series Tonight

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The Pawtucket Red Sox (61-67) will play host to the Buffalo Bisons (58-70) tonight at McCoy Stadium. The pitching match up for tonights’ game is Joe Biagini (0-1, 3.48 ERA) for the Buffalo Bisons. He will be up against Roenis Elias (1-3, 7.27 ERA) for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

In the first game of the four game series, the Buffalo Bisons beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 6-3 in front of 5,997 fans. The Pawtucket Red Sox were leading 3-2 heading into the 9th inning, with Edgar Olmos on the mound, Gregorio Petit hit a game tying home run just into the Paw Sox bullpen. Later in the inning, Christian Lopes hit a go-ahead 3 run home run to give the Bisons a 6-3 lead.

All 3 runs from the Christian Lopes home run were unearned. That was due to a ball that Jantzen Witte threw into the dirt that Blake Swihart couldn’t pick out of the dirt. Swihart was charged with an error on the play that continued the inning. Other then that, Swihart looked like he could do well at 1st base if he is able to get reps at first base.

Tonights Starting Pitchers

Tonights starting pitcher for the Buffalo Bisons, Joe Biagini pitched well last time out on August 17th. In that game, he shut out the Indianapolis Indians through 4 innings, giving up 2 hits, walking 3, and struck out 4 on 73 pitches (45 strikes). Biagini was pitching for Bisons major league team the Toronto Blue Jays. This season for the Blue Jays, he was 3-8 with a 5.11 ERA in 86 1/3 innings.

Tonights starting pitcher for the Paw Sox, Roenis Elias, was knocked around in his start on August 17th at Louisville. In that start, he went 5 2/3, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts on 96 pitches (54 strikes).

Tonights Lineups

Buffalo Bisons:

2B Christian Lopes

SS Gregorio Petit

RF Teoscar Hernandez

1B Rowdy Tellez

C Danny Jansen

3B Jason Leblebijian

DH Mike Ohlman

LF Jon Berti

CF Roemon Fields

SP Joe Biagini

Pawtucket Red Sox:

CF Tzu-Wei Lin

2B Heiker Meneses

1B Sam Travis

RF Bryce Brentz

3B Matt Dominguez

LF Ryan Court

C Blake Swihart

SS Deven Marrero

DH Dan Butler

SP Roenis Elias

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Blake Swihart Looks Like He Could Play First Base Successfully For The Red Sox

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Blake Swihart Looks Like He Could Play First Base Successfully For The Red Sox

On July 5th, Blake Swihart was placed on the disabled list with left ankle inflammation. As Swihart was working to come back from his injury, the Red Sox started to have Swihart take ground balls at 1st base. On August 3rd, the Red Sox sent Swihart on a rehab assignment to the gulf coast league Red Sox. During his rehab assignment, the organization had Swihart play a few games defensively.

On Monday night, we saw Blake Swihart play 1st base for the first time at McCoy Stadium. He played 1st base at the AAA level last week while the Pawtucket Red Sox were on the road. The first time was he played 1st base was on August 15th during game 2 of a doubleheader in Louisville. His next time was two days later on August 17th.

Tonight, Blake Swihart looked like he could be a serviceable fielder at 1st base. Granted, he only has had a few opportunities to play 1st base. But going forward, it looked like there is something there for him to be successful at 1st base.

Analyzing Swihart At First Base

Swihart looked like he could be a serviceable 1st basemen based on what I saw tonight. He was able to make the throws he needed to make. He showed he was able to do that in the 5th inning of tonights’ game. With no outs and a runner at first, Roemon Fields hit a sharp ground ball to Swihart. Swihart stepped on 1st to get the out, then threw to to 2nd, to get the runner Roemon Fields in a rundown.

In the third inning, Swihart did have a bad play at first base. With Dwight Smith Jr. batting, he hit a chopper to Swihart at 1st base. With tonights’ Paw Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson having to cover first base, Swihart had a to flip the ball to Johnson. During the flip, Swihart bobbled the throw and it fell out of his glove. It was ruled a hit, but Smith was a fast runner. There was no guarantee that Johnson was going to be able to cover first base.

Then with 2 outs in the 9th inning, Gregorio Petit hit a ground ball to 3rd basemen Jantzen Witte. Witte threw the ball to first base just short of Swihart. For a first basemen to be successful, he needs to be able to pick a ball that is in the dirt from a fielder.

What made this play even more notable is that 2 batters later, Christian Lopes hit a go ahead 3 run shot into the berm in left field to give the Bisons a 6-3 lead. All 3 runs were unearned to the pitcher Edgar Olmos.

Swihart Going forward

This is obviously early in Swiharts’ career playing first base, but it gives him a lot of versatility. Since he hurt his ankle last season, he was never able to get healthy this season. He never was able to become a solid player this season. If Swihart is able to have an extended career, he probably wont be able to do it as a catcher. Spending all of that time behind the plate crouching seems to be bothering Swihart.

Having Swihart play in the field at either 1st base or in the outfield gives him a chance to play more often. Making him more versatile gives him the chance to play other positions more. During his time playing for the Red Sox, he showed that his bat is something that could help him out. If they don’t put pressure on that ankle, he could have a longer career. But for him to get there, he has a lot to learn defensively at first base.

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