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Pawtucket Red Sox Beat Durham Bulls In 12 On Brentz Walkoff



Pawtucket Red Sox Beat Durham Bulls In 12 On Bryce Brentz Walkoff

The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Durham Bulls, the Tampa Bay Rays AAA affiliate, began their four game series tonight after a 25 minute rain delay at a cold, dreary McCoy Stadium tonight. Kyle Kendrick started for the Paw Sox tonight against Blake Snell in front of 6,501 fans.

Kyle Kendrick

In the 1st inning, speed was the story for the Bulls against Kendrick. It began with an infield single for Mallex Smith off home plate. Smith then stole 2nd, and went to 3rd on a pickoff attempt from Kendrick that went into center field. Smith then came in on a single by Willi Adames. In the 2nd inning, the Bulls scored again on a ground ball to Pablo Sandoval, who went to 1st base for the force out.

Beginning in the 2nd inning, after an error throw by Pablo Sandoval, Kendrick really settled into the game. Kendrick retired 16 straight batters before Shane Peterson hit a single into right field. Casey Gillaspie followed that with a 2 run shot off the advertisements, behind the metal bleachers in right-center field to tie the game at 4. Kendricks’ final pitching line on the night was 7 innings pitched, 6 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, and 5 K’s on 91 pitches (60 strikes).

This is a step in the right direction for Kendrick who struggled in his two starts with the Boston Red Sox earlier this year. This was his second start with the Paw Sox since his demotion back to the Paw Sox on May 11th. Kendrick, in his last start, went 3 innings, giving up 7 runs at Scranton Wilkes-Barre on May 18th.

Blake Snell

Blake Snell was impressive in the 1st inning, striking out Ryan Court, Blake Swihart, and Pablo Sandoval. With 2 outs in the 2nd inning, Snell gave up a single to Allen Craig and walked Bryce Brentz, Matt Dominguez then hit his fourth home run of the season into the Paw Sox bullpen to give the Paw Sox a 3-2 lead.

In the 4th inning, Allen Craig led off with a double down the left field line. After a walk by Bryce Brentz, Matt Dominguez and Mike Miller had back to back sac fly’s which moved Craig to 3rd base then home to give the Paw Sox a 4-2 lead. The final pitching line on Snell was 6.1 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs, 4 walks, and 9 K’s on 112 pitches (67 strikes). Snell had his fastball was clocked as high as 96 tonight.

Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart played in his first game tonight since being activated from the disabled list with a finger injury. With Snell being a lefty, he In his 1st at bat, he struck out on 3 pitches against Blake Snell. His 2nd at bat was a little more patient by walking on 7 pitches. His 3rd AB, Snell worked him down and in to strike him out on 4 pitches.

Jeff Ames then came in to face Swihart in his 4th at bat of the night. This turned Swihart to the other side of the plate. He hit a line drive to the right fielder for an out. Then in the 9th inning, Swihart hit a rocket to the 3rd basemen Pat Leonard and Swihart was safe at 1st with an error. Swihart also came up in the 11th inning with the winning run at 2nd base. He hit a weak ground ball to the 2nd basemen to end the inning.

Bryce Brentz

In the bottom of the 12th inning, Heiker Meneses hit a single to right field to lead off the inning. Steve Selsky then hit a single to left field to put runners at 1st and 2nd base with no outs. Jantzen Witte attempted a sacrifice bunt down the 3rd baseline. The ball hugged along the line and the 3rd basemen Pat Leonard let the ball go, hoping it would go foul. It didn’t. The bases were loaded for Allen Craig. Craig who was 2 for 5 on the night, struck out looking. Bryce Brentz who was 2 for 3 on the night with 3 walks, hit a single up the middle to drive in Meneses. The Paw Sox won the game 5-4. Noe Ramirez got the win and Adam Kolarek got the loss for the Bulls.


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



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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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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