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Paw Sox Win 7-0 In Rain Shortened Game, Kyle Kendrick Shuts Down Chiefs

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Paw Sox Win 7-0 In Rain Shortened Game, Kyle Kendrick Shuts Down Chiefs

The Paw Sox and the AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals, the Syracuse Chiefs, began their 3 game series at cold and rainy McCoy Stadium tonight. The pitching match-up was Kyle Kendrick against Austin Voth for the Chiefs. Kyle Kendrick did not pitch well his last time out on May 31st. In that game, he went 5.2 innings, giving up 8 hits, 7 runs, 3 home runs, and 1 walk. The Paw Sox lost that game 9-7 in 11 innings at Norfolk. This year, Voth is 1-6 with a 5.82 ERA in 51 innings.

First Inning

After a brief 24 minute rain delay to begin the game, the Paw Sox came wanting to score early. With one out in the 1st inning, Ryan Court dropped a bunt single down the 3rd base line. Following another single by Bryce Brentz, Allen Craig hit a single to left field to bring in Court. Craig advanced to 2nd on the throw home. Blake Swihart then hit a solid single up the middle to bring in 2 more runners for the Paw Sox.

Double plays

The Paw Sox had their chances to blow this game open but double plays took their toll on the Paw Sox. In the 2nd inning, Rusney Castillo hit into a 6-4-3 DP to end the inning. In the 3rd inning, Allen Craig hit into a 5-4-3 DP to end the inning. That was after back to back singles from Steve Selsky and Bryce Brentz. Then again in the 4th inning, Matt Dominguez single, Jantzen Witte hit into a 5-4-3 DP to end the inning again for the Paw Sox.

Official Game

When the 5th inning started, and the Paw Sox leading 3-0, the rain started coming down in sheets. As the Paw Sox tired to make this an official game in the top of the 5th inning, Blake Swihart made a great play in foul territory. Clint Robinson, who bats lefty, hit a foul ball down the 3rd base line. Since the Paw Sox were playing in the shift, Swihart was the only one who had a chance at the play. He ran around 100 feet for the catch. After a walk to Pedro Severino, Andrew Stevenson hit into a 3-6-3 double play to make it an official game.

In the bottom of the 5th, Steve Selsky gave the Paw Sox a couple of insurance runs. After a 1 out single by Rusney Castillo, Steve Selsky hit a 2 run shot into the berm in left field. At least it appears it was into the berm. With rain coming down in sheets, it was difficult to tell where the ball actually landed. Either way, this was an absolute shot. Especially with the rain coming down in sheets, the wind gusting in from right field, and it being so cold tonight at McCoy Stadium.

In the 7th inning, Austin Adams replaced Chiefs starter Austin Voth pitching. Voths’ final pitching line was 6 innings, 9 hits, 5 runs, 1 walk, and 2 strike outs. With Adams in the game, he loaded bases with no outs for the Paw Sox. The Chiefs then brought in Matt Grace. Following a strikeout of Ryan Court, Steve Selsky hit a single up the middle to drive in 2 runs for the Paw Sox. That was all the Paw Sox would get.

Called game

Before the top of the 8th inning, the umpires called for the tarp to come out, and that was the end of the game. The Paw Sox won 7-0 in 7 innings over the Syracuse Chiefs. The game was officially called at 10:14pm. Game time was 2:02 with the paid attendance tonight 2,851. I said paid attendance because around 2,800 of them ate their tickets tonight. Kyle Kendrick got the win improving his record to 2-3 on the season while Austin Voth got the loss.

Kyle Kendrick

Kyle Kendrick definitely turned it around tonight after his poor performance last time out against the Norfolk Tides. Tonight, he was pitching to contact and getting quick outs for the Paw Sox. His final pitching line was 7 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, and 2 strike outs on 71 pitches (52 strikes). If there was no rain tonight, Kendrick would have had a shot at a complete game. But Kendrick came up big and pitched the complete game which saved the bullpen after it was hit hard over the weekend in Durham.

He did get some help in the field and the playing conditions however. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Brandon Snyder hit an absolute shot to center field. But the rain and wind knocked it down. Then to end the 7th inning for Kendrick, Matt Dominguez made a terrific play by catching a line drive hit by Pedro Severino to end the inning. Other then that, it was soft contact all night for the Chiefs. A great sign for Kendrick.

Next Game

The Paw Sox will attempt to continue their 3 game series with the Syracuse Chiefs tomorrow at 7:05pm. Unfortunately the forecast does not look too promising as the forecast calls for rain pretty much all day and night. If they do play ball tomorrow night, the pitching match-up will be Hector Velázquez for the Paw Sox and Greg Ross for the Chiefs.

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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