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Pawtucket Red Sox Get Solid Outing Out Of Eduardo Rodriguez

On Sunday, Boston Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez appeared in his 3rd rehab appearance, second for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

E-Rod went 6.1 innings allowing 1 earned run on 6 base hits with no walks and 7 strikeouts.

Rodriguez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right knee subluxation on June 2nd.

In his first rehab start, he went 3 innings for the Sea Dogs giving up 5 earned runs on 9 base hits. His second which came in Rochester for Pawtucket, he threw 4 innings giving up 4 earned runs on 4 base hits while walking 5. His pitch counts in those two games were 69 and 88 respectively.

This time around the goal for E-Rod was to throw between 85-95 pitches for Pawtucket against the Buffalo Bison and to show more control over his pitches.

1st Inning

E-Rod’s outing started off with a strikeout of Roemon Fields. His second batter though showed his control issues by hitting Michael Saunders with a high and in fastball. One thing is worth noting here though. Rodriguez’s fastball was showing some nice spin on it.

Rodriguez threw 9 pitches in the first inning, all of them fastballs.

2nd Inning 

He threw his first slider of the day on his 11th pitch of the outing to Rowdy Tellez for a ball. E-Rod ended up getting Tellez to strike out on a fastball after going full count. Rodriguez then struck out the 2nd batter of the inning in Gregorio Petit on three pitches. Can tell his fastball is working, spinning nice and going by hitters.

E-Rod gave up his first hit of the game on a 3-1 fastball that Mike Ohlman took down the left-field line for a double. E-Rod got out of the inning with a routine fly ball to Rusney Castillo in center field.

All in all, a 22 pitch inning, 31 pitches after 2 innings of work.

3rd Inning

Like the first two innings, E-Rod got the lead-off batter to strikeout. The strikeout pitch was a slider outside on the fourth pitch. On the second batter of the inning, E-Rod got David Jacobs in his AAA debut to groundout to Brock Holt over at third.

Rodriguez continued to mix his slider in, didn’t have the greatest success with it but it was moving pretty well away from left-handed hitters.

E-Rod got another fly out to Castillo in center to end the third inning.  1

6 pitch inning in the 3rd, 47 pitches for Rodriguez through 3 innings of work. 33 of his first 47 pitches have been fastballs.

4th Inning 

Rodriguez started the inning off by giving up a stinging single through the right side of the infield on a 2-0 pitch. The two hits allowed by Castillo at this point have come when has been behind the batter.

E-Rod battled back on the next batter and struck out his 5th batter of the game for the first out of the 4th inning. All 5 strikeouts to this point coming on the fastball.

The 2nd and 3rd out came quickly via two high popups, one to right field and one to left field.

An 11 pitch inning for Rodriguez with his pitch count up to 58 pitches after 4 innings of work. 2 of the pitches thrown in the fourth were curveballs, the first curveballs of E-Rods outing.

5th Inning 

E-Rod got the first out of the inning with a pop-up to second on 2 pitches. He continued to work efficiently. Fastball continues to sit around 92 mph, did touch 94 mph but that pitch missed wide for a ball. The second batter of the 5th took a 93 mph fastball and slapped it on the ground to deep short with the throw being too late to get the runner. Was ruled a hit, third allowed by E-Rod.

All 3 hits allowed up to this point all coming in hitters counts, this one a 3-1 count when the hit occurred. Once again though E-Rod battled back after a base hit, this time getting Jon Berti to strike out on a slider.

Behind on the count to the fourth batter of the inning, E-Rod got the final out of the inning on a well-hit ball out to Castillo who caught it on the run in deep centerfield.

74 pitches, 47 for strikes for Rodriguez through 5 innings of work, 16 pitch 5th inning.

6th Inning

Rodriguez gave up his fourth hit of the ballgame to start the sixth with Roemon Fields grounding a ball up the middle for a single on the first pitch of the at-bat. Roemon then stole second base on E-Rod on the first pitch with Saunders at the plate.

E-Rod got Saunders to fly out to right field with the runner holding at second. Fastball velocity now down to 91 mph, less movement. The third batter of the inning turned out to be E-Rods 7th k of the game, this one a 5 pitch at-bat.

To end his outing, Rodriguez got Rowdy Tellez to fly out to shallow left center field.

E-Rods pitch total for the outing was  87 pitches, 55 of them for strikes. He had a 13 pitch 6th inning.

7th Inning 

Rodriguez surprisingly at 87 pitches came back out to work the 7th inning. The first batter of the inning took him down the right-field line for a double.

He then got the second batter of the inning to fly out to left field as he continues to show the ability to settle down.  Unfortunately for Eduardo, he gave up another single to the third batter up the right side of the infield. The hit drove in the runner from second accruing an earned run to E-Rod’s start.

Overall Thoughts 

Eduardo went 6.1 innings only giving up 1 earned run on 6 base hits with no walks and 7 strikeouts on 95 pitches. Every inning he pitched he was effective, his longest inning was a 22 pitch second inning.

One of his goals coming into the rehab start was to show more control, a goal he accomplished not allowing any walks. 3 of his 5 hits allowed though came in the hitter’s count. E-Rod’s fastball was spinning nicely for much of the outing and sat around 92 mph with it topping out at 94 mph briefly.

He primarily relied on his fastball but was able to effectively mix in his slider and curveball. It is important to note that every time he gave up a base hit he was able to get the next batter out. Starting the 7th interesting was an interesting move, should have ended it after 6, but he looks ready to be sent back up to the Majors.

 

 

 

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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