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Paw Sox Win Game 2 Behind Great Pitching Of Edgar Olmos, Velasquez Only Goes 1 Inning

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Paw Sox Win Game 2 Behind Great Pitching Of Edgar Olmos, Velasquez Only Goes 1 Inning

After the Paw Sox 6-1 win in game 1 of today’s doubleheader, the Paw Sox had Hector Velasquez pitching in game 2. Velasquez is coming off a great game last Thursday against the Norfolk Tides. In that start, he went 6 scoreless innings, only giving up 3 hits in a 6-1 Paw Sox win. Velasquez was pitching against Kyle McGowin. Last time out for McGowin, he was hit hard by Columbus. In that start, he went 5 innings, giving up 7 hits, 9 runs (8 earned) as the Chiefs went on to lose 11-5.

Hector Velasquez

In a scoreless 1st inning, Hector Velasquez had 1 strike out on 7 pitches (5 strikes). That was all Velasquez would pitch today as Edgar Olmos to begin the 2nd inning. Velasquez knew he was going to only pitch the 1st inning today for the Paw Sox. “With the inventory, we need to make to make sure that the big league has options” said manager Kevin Boles after the game.

This of course is referring to Brian Johnson who had a hamstring problem in his last start against the Bulls. The team wanted to make sure that they would have a backup option just in case Johnson couldn’t pitch this weekend. Since then, the Red Sox have announced that Brian Johnson will start for them this Friday night against the Detroit Tigers.

Paw Sox Offense

The Paw Sox got their offense working in the bottom of the 2nd inning, thanks to singles and walks. Brian Bogusevic, Matt Dominguez, and Jantzen Witte hit 3 straight singles to load the bases. Dan Butler then walked to give the Paw Sox a 1-0 lead. The Paw Sox then took a 2-0 lead when Heiker Meneses hit an RBI single up the middle. The next batter, Rusney Castillo hit into a 5-4-3 double play. A run did score to give the Paw Sox a 3-0 lead, but it killed the inning.

Paw Sox Pitching Came Up Big

But the story of the day was the Paw Sox pitching. After Velasquez came out of the game, Edgar Olmos stumped Chiefs hitters in 5 hit-less innings. In those 5 innings, he only walked 2 batters and hit one batter. The closest the Chiefs came to a base hit was in the 6th inning. Caleb Ramsey hit a ground ball to the 1st basemen and Olmos had to make a great running play to beat Ramsey to 1st base.

The Chiefs broke up the Paw Sox no-hit bid with a lead off single in the top of the 7th inning. Brandon Snyder hit a ball up the middle that deflected off of Ryan Courts‘ glove, but Heiker Meneses still almost got Snyder at 1st base. Later in the inning, Clint Robinson hit another single to right field to ensure that the Paw Sox fairly lost the no-hit bid.

Going Forward

Kyle Martin did finish out the inning and got the save in a 3-0 Paw Sox win. Olmos got the win, improving his record to 3-1. McGowin suffered the loss, his record is now 1-5. The Paw Sox are now at 27-27 on the season, and have one 8 in a row at McCoy stadium. The Paw Sox will play the Buffalo Bisons this weekend in a 4 game series beginning Thursday night with Shawn Haviland on the mound.

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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