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Pawtucket Red Sox Game 2 Notes: High Scoring Game

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Pawtucket Red Sox Game 2 Notes: High Scoring Game At McCoy For Game Two Of The Doubleheader

First Inning Notes:

Marcus Walden started the game off by walking  Zack Granite. Granite then took off for second and the stole the bag successfully with the throw from catcher Dan Butler being well late.

Walden got J.B Shuck to ground out to second-basemen Deven Marrero to get the first out of the game. Granite advances to third base with one out.

Against DH Matt Hague, Walden threw six pitches and then on the seventh he threw a wild pitch scoring Granite from third and making it a 1-0 game.

Hague ended up walking on the eighth pick and third basemen Tommy Field followed it up with a single threw the right side of the infield.

Walden was then able to get right-fielder Nick Goodrum to strike out on four pitches to make it two outs in the first. Byung Ho Park the designated hitter, singled to Rusney Castillo in center field.

Run scored on the play but Castillo was able to throw out Field trying to get to third base.

Home Half: 

To kick off the home half of things Castillo singled past the dive of Engelb Vielma at short and into left-field to get the lead runner on. It took the PawSox 6 innings to get a hit in game 1, game 2? One batter.

Red Wings starter Matt Tracy then hit third-basemen Ryan Court making it runners on first and second with no-men out. Tracy’s control issues continued by walking first basemen Sam Travis to load the bases with no-men out.

Bryce Brentz was given the bases loaded opportunity and he took the second pitch of the at-bat out of the ball-park for a grand slam.

The location of the ball was similar to where the Janzten Witte walk-off home run ball in game 1 of the doubleheader. Score after the grand slam 4-2 in favor of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Selsky followed up Brentz by striking out swinging and Allen Craig followed him up by grounding out to Red Wings second baseman Bengie Gonzalez.

Tracy got out of the inning by getting Marrero to fly out to Granite in center-field.

4-2 in favor of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Second Inning Notes:

Former New York Yankee catcher John Ryan Murphy kicked things off in the second inning with a fly-out to Brentz out in left field.

Gonzalez up second, jumped on the first pitch from Walden and sent it right back up the middle for a hard hit single. Gonzalez then stole second base for the Red Wings second stolen base in as many innings.

Vielma the third batter of the inning blooped a ball that landed just fair in left field which scored Gonzalez from second and was ruled as a double. 4-3 game in favor of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

After falling behind Granite 2-0, Walden was able to get him to ground-out to the shortstop Mike Miller. Vielma advanced to third base with two men out. Walden’s control issues continued for him though as he gave up a two-run home-run to Shuck to make it a 5-4 game in favor of the Red Wings.

The hit parade against Walden did not stop there though, Walden gave up a single to Hague and then Field hit a two-run shot of his own to make it 7-4.

Marrero saved Walden by fielding a Niko Goodrum grounder and tossing it on to first to end the top half of the second. Through two innings  a total of 11 runs have been scored.

Home Half:

Mike Miller grounded out to Gonzalez at second to start out the home half of the second inning.

Pawtucket Red Sox catcher Dan Butler drilled his first hit of the day to right field for a single bringing the PawSox back to the top half of the lineup. Rusney Castillo, the very next batter, grounded into an inning ending double play.

4-7 after two full innings in favor of the Red Wings.

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Third Inning Notes:

Walden took the mound in the third with a right-handed reliever warming up in the pen behind him just in case things go south. To start off the inning Walden gave up a single to Byung Ho Park, on a throw from second base Marrero made a throwing error allowing Park to advance to second.

Marrero made a play on the next batter with Murphy grounding out to second for the first out of the inning and advancing Park to third. Walden then got Gonzalez to line out to Travis and Vielma to strike out to get out of the third.

Home Half:

Court led things off for Pawtucket in the bottom of the third inning and flew out to right field. Sam Travis was up next and was able to draw his second walk of the game off of Tracy.

The next batter up for Pawtucket was Brentz who smacked a ball past the outstretched glove of Field at third base who just missed the ball on the dive. Runners were at first and second with one-man out for Selsky.

Unfortunately for the PawSox Selsky grounded into a doubleplay to end the inning.

After three full 7-4 Red Wings.

Fourth Inning Notes:

Walden’s night was done after three innings of work. Manager Kevin Boles uses right-handed reliever Brandon Workman in relief.

Granite started off the inning with a line drive to Brentz in left-field for a single. With Shuck at the plate Granite was thrown out by Butler trying to steal second-base. Rochester Manager Mike Quade came out and argued the call and was tossed out of the game by third-base umpire Blake Carnahan.

With one-out, Workman walked Shuck and then was able to get Hague to fly out to Selsky out in right field. With two-outs in the inning Shuck stole second base with ease.

Workman got out of the inning by getting Field to ground out to Miller at short.

Home Half:

In his fourth inning of work, Tracy faced Allen Craig. Craig faced 6 pitches until popping up to short-stop Vielma who caught the ball in short left field. Marrero, the second batter of the inning, grounded out to Gonzalez at second to make it two outs in the home half of the fourth.

Miller struck out to end the fourth inning.

4-7 through 4 full innings in favor of the Red Wings.

Fifth Inning Notes:

Workman continues in his second inning of work facing Goodrum to start the inning whom he got to strikeout. He then got Park to pop up to Miller at shortstop for two quick outs.

For the third out of the inning Castillo caught a John Ryan Murphy line drive on the run in center to end the fifth inning.

Home Half:

Pawtucket Red Sox catcher Dan Butler led things off with a solo home-run hitting the Collette sign over the Pawtucket Red Sox bullpen in left to make it a 5-7 game.

Castillo followed it up with a ground-out to short and Court then flew out to right-centerfield with Tracy regaining control.  Travis worked the count but ended up grounding out to end the inning.

5-7 after five full innings from McCoy.

Sixth Inning Notes:

Workman is out to start his third inning of relief to face Gonzalez who is leading off the sixth inning. Gonzalez was able to draw a walk to have the lead runner on with no-outs.

With Vielma at the plate Workman was able to strike him out and then Butler threw down to second to catch the stealing Gonzalez for a double-play. He was able to then get Granite to shoot a grounder to Marrero, who made a great play to get to the ball up the middle, but there was no play to be made. Granite’s grounder ruled a hit, runner on 1st with two-outs in the inning.

With Shuck at the plate, Granite stole second-base to get into scoring position. Shortly thereafter, Shuck drew a walk which in turn created a mound visit with runners on first and second with two outs in the inning.

To end the inning Workman got Hague to fly out to Selsky out in right field.

Home Half:

Matt Tracy‘s night was done after five innings of work, reliever D.J. Baxendale came in to pitch the sixth inning. Baxendale got Brentz to fly out to right field for the first out of the inning and then got Selsky to fly out to Granite in center-field.

To end the home half of the sixth Baxendale got Craig to strikeout after a 7 pitch at-bat.

5-7 after six full innings.

Seventh Inning Notes:

Workman’s night done after three scoreless innings. The Pawtucket Red Sox used Jamie Callahan to pitch the seventh inning. Callahan got Field to pop-out to Travis at first and then proceeded to get Goodrum to strike-out on three straight pitches. Callahan continued his quick work of the seventh by getting Park to strike out as well.

Home Half:

Marrero led things off in the home half of the seventh for Pawtucket, and Red Wings brought in Kam Mickillo to close out the game. Mickillo quickly got Marrero to ground out to Vielma at short for the first out of the inning and then got Miller to strikeout on three pitches.

To end the game Butler flew out to center field.

 

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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