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Pawtucket Red Sox Get Doors Blown Off In 9th At McCoy Stadium On Saturday Night

The Pawtucket Red Sox took on the Norfolk Tides at McCoy Stadium on Saturday. Pawtucket lost to Norfolk 6-4.

Pawtucket had a 4-2 lead heading into the top of the ninth inning. But a grand slam off Austin Maddox made it a 6-4 game. Pawtucket came within one out of a win.

The starter tonight Shawn Haviland was on the mound for Pawtucket and Chris Lee for Norfolk.

Haviland’s Start

Haviland on the night pitched 6.2 innings giving up 1 earned run on 5 base hits with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.

Shawn Haviland started with a 1-2-3 first inning and had the help of his defense to thank for that. Center fielder Aneury Tavarez recorded two outs in the inning including a super hero catch in the gap in left-center.

Right out of the gate the home plate umpire, Roberto Ortiz, was giving both sides a wide strike zone. A strike zone that led to a lot of early strikeouts for both starters.

Haviland’s first hit allowed came in the second inning with one out. He gave up back-to-back singles to Chance Sisco and Craig Gentry. He was able to work out of it by getting his third strikeout of the game and a grounder to short.

To start his outing, Haviland’s velocity with his fastball was sitting around 90 mph with it topping out at 92 mph.

The third hit allowed by him came in the top of the 4th on an absolute stinger by Pedro Alvarez up the middle with one out in the inning. Haviland then walked the next batter and forcing him to try and work out of his second jam of the night. The left-hander was able to get the next batter to fly out to center.

With David Washington at the plate, Haviland got him to what could have been an inning ending pop out in foul territory. But Rafael Devers failed to track it down at third. Fortunately for Devers, Haviland ended up getting Washington to strikeout to get out of the inning.

The fourth hit allowed by Haviland was the first extra base hit by either side with Logan Schafer cracking a double into the game in right-center field.

Haviland was able to get Luis Sardinas out. But he gave up a single to Paul Janish who drove in the first run of the game to make it 1-0 in favor of the Tides.

Haviland pitched well though the majority of his outing, working quickly and efficiently for Pawtucket.

Bullpen Gets Smashed In The 9th

In relief, Manager Kevin Boles started off by using Jamie Callahan. Callahan started his relief appearance shaky by giving up two base hits in a row. He was able to get a fly ball to end the inning and escape without giving up a run.

Callahan worked the 8th inning as well. He got a routine fly ball to left to start the inning. But Ryan Court lost the ball in the lights giving the Tides a runner on 2nd with no-men out. A pitch in the dirt advanced the runner to third with no-men out. Callahan got another pop-up, this time behind second base, but once again the ball was lost in the lights by Josh Rutledge this time.

That caused the runner to score from third. There were three Pawtucket fielders around the last ball, none of them saw it clearly. Callahan got the third fly ball in a row and this time Tavarez reeled it in out in dead center field.

Callahan went 1.1 innings giving up 1 earned run on 4 base hits. Both balls int he lights were ruled as hits.

After Callahan, Boles used Austin Maddox. Maddox pitched the 9th.

Maddox struck out the first batter of the inning. But then issued a walk with the rain coming down. He then got Sardinas to fly out to left before giving up a single to Janish. With two-outs Maddox walked his second batter of the inning to load the bases.

With the bases loaded, Maddox gave up a grand slam to Pedro Alveraz with one out to go in the ballgame. Pawtucket headed to the home half of the 9th down 6-4.

Offensive Side Of The Ball

Pawtucket’s offense came out slow. Not recording a hit in 3 full innings of baseball before Tavarez was able to leg out an infield single to start the fourth inning for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Pawtucket’s first run of the game came when slugger Bryce Brentz launched a solo home run to start the home half of 5 to tie the game at 1-1. After a Devers and a Steve Selsky single, Heiker Meneses hit a grounder that got through on a fielding error by the second basemen to score Devers.

Following up Meneses, catcher Dan Butler singled up the left side to score Selsky to make it 3-1 Pawtucket. Keeping the offensive assault going was Tavarez. Tavarez singled to make it a 4-1 ball game and force Tides starter Chris Lee from the game.

Pawtucket’s offense collected 9 hits on the night driving in 4 runs.

Storylines:

Red Sox top prospect Rafael Devers grounded out in his first at-bat of the night.

Devers faired better in his second at-bat of the night with an infield single where he showed off his speed.

In Devers third at-bat of the night, the third basemen struck out to end the home half of the sixth inning.

In his fourth and final at-bat, the prospect struck out for the second time in the game. Devers went 1-for-4 with a single.

The rehabbing Josh Rutledge went 0-for-3.

Next up for the Pawtucket Red Sox is a 1:35 PM game with the Tides to finish the four game series. Prior to the game the Pawtucket Red Sox will be inducting Joe Morgan and Mo Vaughn into their Hall of Fame.

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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