Pawtucket Red Sox: Top 10 players of the week
I apologize for the lateness of this weeks Paw Sox top 10 players of the week. Last week, the Paw Sox went 6-1 over the Syracuse Chiefs and the Buffalo Bisons. All 7 games were at McCoy Stadium.
10) Edgar Olmos (Last week N/A)
Edgar Olmos only appeared in one game for the Paw Sox this past week. It was in game 2 of the Paw Sox doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon. In that game, he went 5 scoreless, giving up only 2 walks in the 3-0 Paw Sox win. Olmos took over for Velázquez who went 1 inning for the Paw Sox. Velázquez only went 1 inning because the Paw Sox were trying to save the Velázquez from throwing pitches because he would have started for Boston, if Brian Johnson couldn’t start on Friday night.
9) Allen Craig (Last week N/A)
Allen Craig showed this week why he deserves that $11 million he’s getting this year. Not really but he did raise his batting average on the season from .222 to .263. In that time, he went 8 for 15 with 3 RBI’s. On Thursday night, he went 3 for 4 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored as the Paw Sox went on to win 11-0 over Buffalo at McCoy Stadium.
8) Steve Selsky (Last week N/A)
Steve Selsky had a typical Steve Selsky week for the Pawtucket Red Sox. This past week, he was 6 for 21 (.286) with 2 home runs and 7 RBI’s. His big game of the week came on Monday night against the Syracuse Chiefs. In that game, he went 3 for 4, with 1 home run and 4 RBI’s. The Paw Sox won 7-0 in a rain shortened game. The one home run was an absolute blast to the left field berm that went through a strong wind, cold weather, and heavy rain. It might have had a chance to leave McCoy Stadium during the summer month.
7) Bryce Brentz (Last week #2)
Bryce Brentz was 6 for 20 (.300 avg) this past week over 6 game. This brought his average up to .226 on the season. This went along with 1home run and 2 RBI’s. His big hit of the week came on Sunday afternoon against the Buffalo Bisons. In the 2nd inning, he hit his 10th home run of the season into the patio that is in right field at McCoy stadium.
6) Jalen Beeks (Last week N/A)
Jalen Beeks pitched very impressively in his 2nd start at the AAA level on Friday night. In 6 innings, he gave up 2 runs (1 earned run), 4 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 8, as the Paw Sox won 7-3. Beeks might be some to watch out for if you are a Red Sox fan.
5) Kyle Kendrick (Last week N/A)
Kyle Kendrick pitched very impressive in his 1 start this past week. On Monday night, he went 7 scoreless innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 2 on 71 pitches (52 strikes). The game was a 7 inning, rain shortened 7-0 Paw Sox win. The rain was coming down hard Monday night at McCoy stadium for most of the ball game. If they were to play the full 9 innings, Kendrick would have been able to go the distance for the Paw Sox.
4) Hector Velazquez (Last week #4)
Hector Velazquez had 2 starts this past week. His first start came on June 7th, in game 2 of a doubleheader against the Syracuse Chiefs. In that game he only went 1 inning, striking out 1 on 7 pitches (5 strikes) as the Paw Sox won 3-0. The reason he only went 1 inning was precautionary because the Red Sox wanted to save his arm just in case Brian Johnson was unable to pitch in Boston on Friday night.
His second start of the week came on Saturday night at McCoy Stadium. In that game, he pitched his usual 6 inning scoreless innings. He only gave up 5 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 4 on 90 pitches (55 strikes). Unfortunatley, the Paw Sox ended up losing that game 3-0 in front of 11,959 fans at McCoy. That was the 2nd largest crowd in McCoy stadium history.
3) Mike Miller (Last week #1)
Mike Miller had a very good week for the Paw Sox. In 6 game for the Paw Sox, he went 7 for 17, with 5 RBI’s. This raised his average from .247 to .277. His big night of the week came on Friday night against Buffalo. In that game, he went 3 for 4, and scored a run for the Paw Sox. The Paw Sox went on to win that game 7-3.
2) Marcus Walden (Last week #5)
Marcus Walden came up big this past week in both roles that he fills. On Wednesday, he came into the game in the 5th inning of game 1 of the doubleheader. When he came in, he took over for Henry Owens. In that game, he went 1.2 innings, giving up 1 walks and struck out 1 and earned the win as the Paw Sox won 6-1. His one blemish was a pass ball that allowed an inherited runner score. That run was charged to Henry Owens.
Then on Sunday, he started for the Paw Sox and earned the win as the Paw Sox beat Buffalo 3-2. In that game, he pitched extremely effectively for the Paw Sox. His pitching line was 6 innings, giving up 1 run, on 2 hits, and struck out 3 on 62 pitches (44 strikes). The Paw Sox were hoping to get 5 innings out of him at most. They got 6. They were planning on making it a bullpen game, but they got lucky and 6 strong innings out of Walden.
“Every club needs 1 or 2 of these guys. He definitely fits that role, and he knew that coming out of spring training that is what was going to happen. He was targeted to have that. He’s definitely a reliable guy for us with a lot of different roles”- Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles.
1) Shawn Haviland (Last week #6)
This past Thursday, Shawn Haviland had the most impressive pitching performance for the Paw Sox in the last 4 season. Haviland went 9 scoreless innings, giving up 4 hits, and struck out 7 on 94 pitches (66 strikes). This was the first 9 inning complete game shutout by a Paw Sox pitcher since Steven Wright did it on July 28th, 2013 against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. In that game, Steven Wright went 9 innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 walk, and 7 K’s in a 2-0 win a McCoy stadium.