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Paw Sox Lose To Rail Riders As Erasmo Ramirez Struggled In The First Inning



Pawtucket Sox Lose To Rail Riders By A Score Of Five To One As Erasmo Ramirez Struggled In The First Inning

The Paw Sox kicked off their week of the Fourth of July set with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders at McCoy Stadium on Monday night. Erasmo Ramirez got the ball for the Paw Sox to start the night, and he struggled coming out of the gate. 

In the first inning, Ramirez struggled as he gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and walked a 1 batter in 23 pitches. But after that, Ramirez really settled down. Ramirez retired 8 straight batters after the first inning. In total, Ramirez gave up 4 runs on 9 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 4 batters on 98 pitches, 69 for strikes. This was over 6 innings of work. 

“The first inning proved to be too much to overcome” said Paw Sox manager Billy McMillon after the Paw Sox went on to lose by a score of 5 to 1. “The lefty gave us fits at the plate. He didn’t appear to have overwhelming or over powering stuff. Just enough to keep us off balance.”

Erasmo Ramirez Settled down After The First

After the a 23 pitch first inning for Erasmo Ramirez, where he gave up 3 runs on 3 base hits, and walked one batter, it looked like it was going to be a short night for the righty. But after that, he only gave up 1 run on 6 hits over his next 5 innings of work. 

“First inning, he had some hiccups there” said Billy McMillon after the game. “But to get us through six innings. We were kind of worried about sending him out there for the sixth, but then that was his best inning” added McMillon.  

After Ramirez was able to go 6 innings, Billy Mcmillon only had to use two relievers on the night. Dan Runzler was able to go 2 innings, giving up 1 run on 3 hits. He also struck out 2 batters. 

Travis Lakins was able to give a quick 1-2-3 inning in the 9th inning. He was able to strike out a batter as well on 16 pitches, 9 for strikes. 

Trevor Kelley Called Up To Boston

The Red Sox announced earlier today that the organization was calling up Trevor Kelley to their 25-man roster.  

“He’s got enough “funk”, that hopefully he gives some hitters up there some fits and stays up there for a long time,” said manager Billy McMillon after the game. 

Up next For The Paw Sox 

The Paw Sox will play their second game of their three game set with the Rail Riders on Tuesday night at McCoy Stadium. Kyle Hart will get the ball for the Paw Sox. He will be up against Raynel Espinal for the Rail Riders. On Wednesday night, Teddy Stankiewicz will start for the Paw Sox. The Rail Riders haven’t announced who is starting for them yet. 

Evan graduated from Bryant University in May 2017. He originally joined Trifecta Network back in February 2016. Currently, he covers the Pawtucket Red Sox for Trifecta along with appearing as a guest on Trifecta Networks podcasts.

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Red Sox Prospect Kyle Hart Solid In Paw Sox Loss Tuesday Night



Boton Red Sox Prospect Kyle Hart Was Solid In 6 Innings Tuesday Night As The Paw Sox Loss 4 To 0 Against The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The Paw Sox played the second game of their three game set against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night. Kyle Hart took the ball for the Paw Sox, who was 3 and 2 with a 3.44 ERA in 34 innings pitched at AAA this season.

Hart pitched well outside on the night, outside of the 2nd inning for the Paw Sox. In that inning, he gave up 3 runs on 4 hits. That included a solo home run to the opposite field off of Trey Amburgey. In total on the night, Hart went 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 6 base hits. He walked only 1 batter and struck out 4 on 88 pitches, 51 for strikes. 

“Tough one. Offense never really seemed to get going. We had one instance where we were threatening. But we really couldn’t mount much of a consistent charge against their pitcher. He mixed speeds. Went up and down. Kept us off balance” said Paw Sox manager Billy McMillon after the game. The Paw Sox ended up dropping the game by a score of 4 to 0.    

Kyle Hart Solid Overall Tuesday Night

Kyle Hart didn’t go all that deep in his last start on June 27th against the Syracuse Mets. In that game, he went only 4 inning, giving up 1 run on 3 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 3 on 78 pitches, 46 for strikes. 

On Tuesday night, Kyle Hart pitched very well for the Paw Sox outside of the 2nd inning where he gave up 3 runs on 4 hits.

“Hart had a hiccup there in the second inning where he gave up 3. But he rebounded well to get through 6. It was good to see him kind of respond” said Paw Sox manager Billy McMillon after the game. “Did give up 1 in the third. But overall, after the 6th inning, I thought it was a pretty solid outing for him” added McMillon. 

Even in the 2nd inning, the home run he gave up to Trey Amburgey was on a breaking ball low and outside to the right handed batter. But outside of the 25 pitch 2nd inning, Hart pitched really well. 

“It looked like it was on the outer part of the plate. The guy went opposite field with it which Trey [Amburgey] has been killing us all year. But it really wasn’t a bad pitch” said McMillon when commenting on the home run by Trey Amburgey in the second inning. 

Up Next For The Paw Sox

The Paw Sox will close out their three game series, and brief home stand with the Rail Riders on Wednesday night. The Paw Sox will pitch Teddy Stankiewicz, who has a 4 and 4 record with a 3.90 ERA. He will be up against Adonis Rosa for the Rail Riders, who has a 1 and 0 record with a 4.84 ERA on the season. 

After that, the Paw Sox will hit the road for a 4 game series with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs going into the all-star break. The Paw Sox will start Ryan Weber on Thursday night in Allentown, PA. He will be up against Cole Irvin for the Iron Pigs. 


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Red Sox Hurler Heath Hembree Electric In Rehab



Boston Red Sox Hurler Heath Hembree Electric In Rehab With PawSox, Thornburg Also Makes Appearance

The Boston Red Sox bullpen has been a consistent storyline for the reigning World Series champions this season. 

One of Boston’s top relievers, Heath Hembree, who was placed on the injured list back on June 14th with an elbow injury is officially on the rehab trail. 

Hembree, 30-years-old, began his 20-day rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday and pitched an electric inning. 

The former San Francisco Giant went pitched the 7th inning for Pawtucket without allowing a base hit or a walk while striking out two batters. He threw 16 pitches, 12 for strikes with his fastball topping off at 92 mph. 

“He looked good,” said PawSox Manager Billy McMillon. “I think this is as good as I have seen him at. I think they (Boston)  will be impressed when they read the reports.”

Hembree has been one of Boston’s most reliable relief pitchers in 2019 posting a 2.51 ERA in 28.2 innings pitched. 

Boston will determine the next step for Hembree on Wednesday.

Thorny Gets Rocked A Bit In Rehab But Battles Through It

Tyler Thornburg, Photo Credit Tanner Rebelo

The rehabbing Tyler Thornburg also pitched for the PawSox on Tuesday with the beleaguered righty given the 8th inning. 

Thornburg battled with the RailRiders batters allowing a base hit and a walk in 1 inning pitched. The 30-year-old tossed 28 pitches, 16 for strikes. 

The former Brewer has been on the IL since May 22nd when he went down with a right hip impingement and has now appeared in 9 rehab games with Pawtucket. 

While his ERA in 13.50 in 8.2 innings pitched he has settled down over his past couple of outings. He has now pitched 3 consecutive outings without allowing a run after allowing an earned run or more in 5 straight appearances. 

“I think he had a little more conviction in his pitches and hit his spots,” said McMillon on Thornburg’s performance the last few times out. ”It was a little dicey there, but he worked around it and was able to get out of there without allowing a run.”

Thornburg was assigned to this rehab on June 9th.

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Red Sox Send Heath Hembree To AAA Pawtucket On Rehab



The Boston Red Sox Send RHP Heath Hembree To AAA Pawtucket Red Sox On A Rehab Assignment As He Comes Back From Elbow Injury 

The Boston Red Sox announced on Tuesday that RHP Heath Hembree has been put on a 20-day rehab assignment with AAA Pawtucket. The right handed reliever has been on the injured list since June 14th, retroactive to June 11th with a Right Elbow Extensor Strain. 

Heath Hembree has had a really good season with the Boston Red Sox. In 31 games, he has posted a 2.51 ERA in 28 and 2/3 innings while striking out 35 batters. 

Heath Hembree is active for the Pawtucket Red Sox on Tuesday night as they take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at McCoy Stadium. He will wear number 53 for the Paw Sox. 

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