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Pawtucket Red Sox Game 1 Notes: Extras At McCoy



Pawtucket Red Sox Game 1 Notes: Extras At McCoy, Full Inning-By-Inning Game Notes

First inning notes:

Kendrick gives up lead-off base hit to Zack Granite, which gives Granite a 15-game hitting streak. Granite tried to steal second base but was thrown out with a perfect thrown down by Pawtucket catcher Blake Swihart.

J.B Shuck singled to left field and then catchers interference by Swihart allowed Matt Hague to reach first base to make it two on with one-man out. Kendrick was able to get Mitch Garver to fly out to Rusney Castillo for the second out of the inning.

To get out of the first inning Kendrick got Red Wings left fielder Tommy Field to ground out back to the pitcher and threw it to first-basemen Jantzen Witte for the out.

Home Half:

To start the home half of the first inning PawSox center-fielder Rusney Castillo gave Red Wings pitcher Yohan Pino a ride out to deep center field but Granite was able to reel it in against the padding in-between the structure in center and the metal bleachers.

Shortstop Ryan Court grounded out to third-basemen Leonardo Reginatto. Then to end the home half of the first, left fielder Steve Selsky grounded out to short-stop Engelb Vielma whose low throw to first was picked out of the dirt by Rochester first basemen Byung Ho Park.

0-0 after 1 full

Second Inning Notes:

Park led-off for the Red Wings, and was able to draw a single by dropping a ball in front of right-fielder Brian Bogusevic.

The first PawSox out of the inning game via Reginaetto, by grounding a ball to Court at short. Court then tagged Bogusevic going to second, and then decided to hold onto the ball instead of trying to get Reginaetto running to first.

Kendrick then walked second-basemen Bengie Gonzalez, which made it two-runners on with one out. Vielma grounded out to second to advance the runners to second and third with two-outs. To get out of the jam Kendrick was able to get the red-hot Granite to strike out after a five pitch at-bat.

Home Half: 

Pawtucket’s designated-hitter Bryce Brentz led things off in the home half of the second trying extend his seven game hitting streak. Bryce was able to reach first-base on an erratic throw from Vielma at short, it was ruled as a fielding error.

Brentz was then picked off at first base and then Bogusevic popped out to third base to make it a quick two outs for Pino. The next batter Swihart, stuck out on three pitchers to end the inning.

0-0 through 2 full.

Third Inning Notes:

Kendrick got Shuck to ground out to Deven Marrero who is playing second-base in game 1 of the double-header. The next batter, Hauge, smacked a single out to Selsky in left with one man out. Red Wings catcher, Mitch Garver, followed by Hauge with a single to left of his own to make it 1st and 2nd with one man out.

The third inning in a row in which Kendrick had to deal with multiple base-runners.

Kendrick was able to get out of another jam though thanks to Marrero who took a Tommy Field ground-ball and turned it into a double-play.

Home Half: 

To start the home half of things in the third Marrero was able to draw a walk on 6 pitches with a full-count after falling behind 1-2 against Pino.

The next batter, Pawtucket third-basemen Matt Dominguez skyed a fly ball to right field for the first out of the inning. Witte followed it up with a pop-up to Gonzalez in shallow right field for the second out of the inning. To end the inning with Castillo at the plate, Marrero was thrown out trying to steal second by Garver.

Despite having two base-runners through three, the PawSox did not record a hit through three full innings.

0-0 through 3 full innings.

Fourth Inning Notes:

To start things in the fourth, Kendrick hit Park on what appeared to be the wrist area with Park narrowly avoiding getting hit in the head.

After that Kendrick was able to get Reginatto to double into a double play to make it two-outs in the inning. Shortly thereafter Gonzalez lined out to Witte at first to end the inning for Kendrick.

Home Half: 

Castillo started things off with another fly-out to center field to make it a quick first out for Pino. Court then struck out on three straight pitches looking like he was swinging for the fences making it it a quick-two-outs to start the home half of the fourth.

The left-fielder, Selsky, battled off a couple of tough pitches but ultimately flied out to Gonzalez in shallow right-field.

0-0 through 4 full.

Fifth Inning Notes:

Kendrick started off by giving up back-to-back singles to Vielma and Granite to make it runners on first-and-third with no-men out in the inning. Granite took off and stole second base, Swihart made a bid to snag him, but the tag was late and broke up the double-play possibility.

Shuck grounded out with Marrero making a great play to get Shuck at first-base. Shuck however was able to drive in a run and make it a 1-0 game and a runner on third with one man out. The next batter for Rochester was Hague who was able to drive the ball to right field, but it wasn’t deep enough to score the runner making it two-outs and Granite still 90-feet away at third.

Kendrick was able to get Garver to strike-out and get out of the inning only giving up one run. All things considered having runners on second and third with no-men out and only giving up 1 run is something Manager Kevin Boles has to be happy with.

Home Half: 

Brentz kicked things off by grounding out to Vielma at short, then Bogusevic grounded out to Park at first to make it two outs in the inning.

What looked like a potential first hit of the ball-game turned out to be Blake Swihart softly lining out to Field in left-field.

Five innings to start the game without a hit.

0-1 through 5 full innings.

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Sixth Inning Notes:

Kendrick’s night was done after the fifth, the pitch the sixth Boles called upon Noe Ramirez. Ramirez started out his night by getting Field to ground-out to Court at short.

Park followed up with a single to center field to give the Red Wings their eighth hit of the night.

Ramirez was able to get out of the inning with the PawSox defense turning their third-play of the game with Dominguez fielding Reginatto’s grounder at third and flipping it to second and to first to turn two.

Home Half: 

Marrero popped out foul to Park at first to start the home half of the sixth, Dominguez struck-out to give Pino his third strike-out of the game.

Witte ended the home half by grounding out to shortstop.

0-1 through 6 full innings.

Seventh Inning Notes:

Ramirez stayed in the game to pitch his second inning in relief of Kendrick. Boles was rewarded for keeping Ramirez in with the right-handed reliever striking out Gonzalez to start the seventh inning.

Ramirez then proceeded to strike-out Vielma on four pitches for the second-out of the inning.

The third and final out of the inning was Granite grounding out to Marrero at second.

Home Half: 

The PawSox broke up Pino’s no hitter in the bottom of the seventh with Castillo singling up the middle past the glove of the shortstop. Pino was visibly irritated by the play.

Pino did not lose control though and got Court to ground into a double play to make in two-outs in the seventh.

The second hit of the night for the PawSox came with Selsky singling on a soft fly ball to center-field. With the tie runner on base Bryce Brentz slaps a hard-hit ball in the gap between the left and center fielder scoring Selsky with Brentz stopping at second fora double.

Brentz’s double is the third PawSox hit of the night and the first extra base hit.

Pino then intentionally walked Bogusevic to get to Swihart and make it a play at any base. Swihart flew out to center field to force the Red Wings into extra innings.

Eighth Inning Notes:

Ramirez got his third inning of relief and started it off by getting Shuck to ground-out to Marrero at second. Ramirez almost got Hague to ground out as well but a dribbler down the first base line was bobbled by Witte after it bounced over the first base bag. Was ruled a hit.

Garver then flew out to Castillo in center field and with Field at the plate Hague stole second base to move into scoring position. But Ramirez worked his way around the runner in scoring position by ringing up Field for his third strikeout of the night.

Home Half: 

Marrero kicked things off with a good swing but flew out to Shuck out in right-field. Then Dominguez popped out to the catcher.

With two-outs Witte launched a solo home-run into the grass behind the left field wall for a PawSox victory.

Time of game: 2:07

Game 2 to follow shortly.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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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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