Pawtucket Red Sox Offense Fails To Support Hector Valazquez Who Went 6 Scoreless Innings Against The Buffalo Bisons
The Pawtucket Red Sox lost to the Buffalo Bisons on Saturday night at McCoy stadium in front of a near record setting crowd with the ballpark celebrating Star Wars night with post-game fireworks.
The starter for Pawtucket was Hector Velezquez and the starter for the Bisons was Lucas Harrell and both were locked in a pitchers duel in front of the second largest crowd in team history with 11,959 fans in attendance for the game.
Pawtucket batters had a tough time picking up Harrell who went relatively untouched for his entire outing. Harrell went 5 innings throwing 60 pitches and only allowed 2 hits, both of which came in the first inning with Rusney Castillo and Sam Travis being the only Paw Sox batters to record a hit off the Bisons starter.
The two hits in the first inning were the only ones Pawtucket would record until the bottom of the sixth inning when second baseman Mike Miller was able to reach on an infield single off of Bisons reliever Mike Bolsinger.
Fortunately for the Paw Sox offense they had a pitcher in Hector Velezquez who was locked in throughout the entire night. Velazquez went 6 scoreless innings allowing 5 hits, 1 walk, while striking out 4 batters.
Velazquez left the game with a no-decision, but his ERA with Pawtucket falls to a 1.29 as he continues to show dominance at the AAA level.
In the seventh inning Pawtucket’s manager Kevin Boles went with Jamie Callahan who struck out former major leaguer Jarrod Saltalamacchia to start his relief appearance. Unfortunately for Paw Sox, Callahan gave up a solo home run to the next batter Jason Leblebijian to make it a 1-0 game in the top of the seventh inning.
Callahan finished the seventh inning and was called upon to work the eighth inning as well. Callahan got two quick outs in Ian Parmley and Rowdey Tellez, but after giving up a double to Dwight Smith Jr. he gave up a 2-run home-run to Mike Ohlman over the Pawtucket bullpen and onto the walkway. Callahan was able to get Saltalamacchia to strike out and get out of the eight, but the damage had been done putting Pawtucket down 3-0 heading into the home half of the eighth inning.
Pawtucket was able to get two runners on in the bottom of the eighth for the second time tonight, but much like the first, both were left stranded with Ryan Court striking out against Bisons reliever Leonel Campos.
The second man out of the pen tonight for Boles was Ty Buttrey. Buttrey was very effective for the Paw Sox in the 9th and his inning of work went 1-2-3 with two strikeouts.
Campos stayed in the game stayed in the game for Buffalo in the bottom of the ninth and allowed a lead-off double to Sam Travis after Bison center fielder Ian Parmley lost the ball in the lights at McCoy. The Bison reliever wouldn’t back down though and struck out Steve Selsky, Brain Bogusevic lined out to right field, and then to end the game Blake Swihart grounded out to the shortstop.
Pawtucket is back against Buffalo on Sunday at 1:35 pm with Marcus Walden starting.