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Paw Sox Win A Wild One At McCoy 9-8



Paw Sox Win A Wild One At McCoy 9-8 After 8 Run 1st By Toledo

The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Toledo Mud Hens played a wild one at McCoy stadium tonight as the Paw Sox won 9-8 in front of 3,804 Fans.

The Mud Hens got off to a quick 8-0 lead in the first inning. That Drove Paw Sox starting pitcher Edgar Olmos out of the game. Olmos only went 2/3 of an inning before Shawn Haviland went the next 6 1/3.

The Paw Sox battled back thanks to 3 home runs. 1 by Ryan Court in the 3rd inning. Then by a pair of home runs by Dan Butler. a 2 run home run in the 4th inning. Then a 3 run home run in the 5th inning.

Mud Hens Big 1st Inning

The Mud Hens got out to a quick 8-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Olmos struggled. After sharp singles by Omar Infante and Jacoby Jones, John Hicks hit a booming double to the left-center gap to make it a 2-0 game. Following a walk of Efren Navarro, Olmos gave up back to back double to Juan Perez and Jason Krizan to give the Mud Hens a 5-0 lead. After Tyler Collins hit a single to make it 6-0, Olmos walked Infante. That’s when Olmos was pulled from the game. Shawn Haviland came into the game.

With Olmos out of the game, Haviland walked Jones to load the bases for Jim Adduci. Adduci hit a single to right field to make it an 8-0 lead for the Mud Hens. Haviland then struck out John Hicks to end the inning. In total, the Mud Hens sent 13 batters to the plate.

Edgar Olmos was not good tonight. In 2/3 of an inning, he gave up 6 hits, 8 runs, 2 walks and 0 strikes outs on 41 pitches (23 strikes). 2 of his earned runs came in once Haviland came into the game.

Paw Sox Comeback

The Paw Sox began their comeback in the bottom of the 2nd. With 1 out, Matt Dominguez hit a 2 run double to make it a 8-2 game. That is all the scoring the Sox had in the 2nd.

In the 3rd, Ryan Court hit a lead off home run that landed in the flowerbed in left-center field. That made it an 8-3 game.

Then in the 4th inning, Dan Butler hit a 2 run shot to make it an 8-5 game. Then in the 5th inning, he hit another home run that hit the back advertisement signs in left field just under the scoreboard to tie the game. Coming into the night Butler had 1 home run on the season. Tonight he had 2. This completed the comeback for the Paw Sox. Below you can see the 3 run home run that tied the game for the Paw Sox in the 5th.

The Paw Sox then took the lead in the bottom of the 7th inning. With Rafael Devers drawing a lead off walk, Dan Butler hit a squib hit to the first basemen. With the pitcher covering 1st base, Navarro threw the ball away. That allowed Devers to come in to score to give the Paw Sox a 9-8 lead.

Bullpen Closes It Out

When Haviland came into the game in the 1st inning, he saved the pen. Haviland went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts on 93 pitches (59 strikes). His work earned him the win.

“Terrific [job by Haviland]. Especially coming off the DL, and giving us the length. Olmos had a rough start. The first couple of batters, ran into some trouble there, but he was able to settle in and give us that length. He came up big tonight”. Says Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles Regarding Shawn Havilands’ outing tonight.

After Haviland, Ben Taylor came in for the 8th inning. In his inning of work, he had 2 walks and 1 strikeout on 24 pitches (12 strikes).

Then Noe Ramirez got the save for the Paw Sox as he had 2 strikeouts in 1 inning of work. That was on 13 pitches (9 strikes). That was the 4th save of the year for Ramirez as the Paw Sox went on to win 9-8 in a wild one at McCoy Stadium.


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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Red Sox Trade Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates



Bryce Brentz

Red Sox Trade OF Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates

The Red Sox have announced that they have traded outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. This creates a spot for newly signed JD Martinez on the 40 man roster, and ultimately the opening day 25 man roster.

Last season for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Bryce Brentz hit .271 with 31 home runs and 85 RBI’s. Those 31 home runs was the most out of any player in the Red Sox organization. However his fielding was okay at best.

This season, Bryce Brentz was on track to be the number 4 outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. But with the acquisition of JD Martinez, this would force Bryce Brentz off the opening day roster. Since Bryce Brentz no longer has anymore options, this trade makes sure that the Red Sox get something out of getting rid of him. Otherwise the Red Sox would have just designated him for assignment.

Bryce Brentz Highlights

Here are some of the highlights from last season for Bryce Brentz.

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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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