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.
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.
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.