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PawSox Leftovers: Ty Buttrey Looked Sharper, Defense Needs To Get Better



PawSox Leftovers: Ty Buttrey Looked Sharper, Defense Needs To Get Better With Current Performances Being Unacceptable

The Pawtucket Red Sox defeated the Louisville Bats 5-1 on Thursday, a win that gave them the 2-1 series win. One of the stars in this game was Ty Buttrey.

Buttrey threw 2 innings allowing just 1 base hit while striking out two batters. The tall right-hander has started to come into his own with the 25-year-old possessing a .71 ERA over his last 10 appearances with 12.2 innings pitched allowing 7 base hits and 1 earned run while issuing 5 walks and striking out 16 batters.

After his Thursday outing his Manager, Kevin Boles, gave him some praise but also some criticism.

“Very good, little bit better command today (Thursday). I thought his stuff was sharp, and that fastball is explosive. And he matched up pretty good because he was facing a lineup that is pretty aggressive at the plate.. There were some pitches that were a little bit elevated, they were able to chase his fastball but, great job by him”

Boles noted that one thing that was important about Buttrey’s outing was the fact that the team had the lead, and he came through:” Pitching with the lead, that’s important. He’s a guy that is going to have to do that. Can’t always be games that we are down. He is going to have to learn to pitch with the lead and he has the stuff to do it and he executed today. Job well done.”

PawSox Defense Needs To Get Better

Now onto the bad, the PawSox defensive woes continue.

In their last 7 games, the team has committed 10 errors. This is something that is certainly on the team’s mind and on the mind of their skipper.”Yeah its a huge issue for us, a lot of bad hops in the air, it wasn’t very good” Boles said after Thursday’s game where 2 errors were committed.

But the team needs to get better and they are focused on doing that.

“We need to get better, 100% we need to get better defensively. Because our pitchers, it’s running through their pitch counts. We are giving them extra pitches, and it’s going to come back and haunt you.” Said Boles.

But he admits the team has gotten away with it for the most part this season:” We got away with it today, we have gotten away with it a little bit here in the last few days.”

Boles outlined what needs to happen going forward and it is rather simple: “We need to catch the ball, we need to take care of our pitching. It is our responsibility, it’s unacceptable play when you drop the ball this many times. So again, we are going to continue to work, it’s not that the guys aren’t working. But we need to execute, we need to be able to catch the ball and we are going to do it. We are going to figure it out and get it done.”

The Pawtucket Red Sox will have the opportunity to improve their defense with a 3-game set starting on Friday against Indianapolis.

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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Red Sox Prospect Jalen Beeks Shows Resilience In Start With PawSox



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Boston Red Sox Prospect Jalen Beeks Shows Resilience In Start With PawSox Helping Pawtucket To A Series Sweep

After taking a pounding in his Major League debut last week, Red Sox prospect Jalen Beeks bounced back for the PawSox helping lead the Triple-A team to a 5-1 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs.

Beeks started in his first game post ML debut and looked to be firing on all cylinders. The 24-year-old starter went 7 innings giving up 1 earned run on 6 base hits along with 7 strikeouts.

The left-handed starter picked up his fourth win of the season and showed that he won’t let the struggles of his Major League debut weigh him down.

Behind Beeks the PawSox used Williams Jerez and Robby Scott. Both pitched scoreless innings.

As for Pawtucket’s offense, they scored 5 runs on 11 base hits and went 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Pawtucket exploded in the 4th inning with the PawSox scoring 4 runs and sending 10 batters to the plate. The offensive power was diverse in this one with every hitter in Pawtucket’s lineup recording at-least one base hit.

With the win the PawSox pick up the three-game series sweep, up next is a four-game set in LeHigh Valley starting on Thursday at 7:05 pm.

Probable Starters: Josh A. Smith, Josh D. Smith, William Cuevas, Chandler Shepherd.

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PawSox Come Back To Stun Chiefs In A Wild Top Of The 9th




PawSox Come Back To Stun Chiefs In A Wild Top Of The 9th With Syracuse Handing Over The Game To Pawtucket

The Pawtucket Red Sox trailed the Syracuse Chiefs through 8 full innings on the road, and then all of a sudden that changed.

In the top of the 9th inning trailing 3-2 the Pawtucket Red Sox mounted their heroic comeback.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, Mike Miller worked a walk to tie the game at 3-apiece. Then Tzu-Wei Lin, a batter later, reached on a force attempt with a fielding error by pitcher Jimmy Cordero to allow Mike Olt to score. Then with Cole Sturgeon batting, Cordero threw a wild pitch scoring Oscar Hernandez and topping off a 3-run top of the 9th for the PawSox.

The never give up attitude was a nice look on the PawSox who were dropped into a quick 3 run deficit in the bottom of the 1st inning. The starter Chandler Shepherd allowed those three first inning runs but was actually able to settle in nicely throwing 5 innings allowing those 3 runs on 5 base hits, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts.

After Shepherd, Kevin Boles used Fernando Rodriguez Jr. who pitched 2 shut-out innings of relief while striking out 4 batters. And then in the 8th inning it was Ty Buttrey who got the Chiefs to go 1-2-3 with Buttrey then getting credit for the win.

And then in the bottom of the 9th it was the closer’s turn, Ryan Brasier. Brasier picked up his 7th save of the season while walking 1 and striking out 2 batters.

As for that PawSox lineup that battled back in the 9th, the first run they got back came back in the top of the 4th. Adam Lind, a 200 home run plateau Major Leaguer, belted his 4th home run of the season. Lind was one of 4 PawSox hitters to record a multi-hit game with Lin, Ivan De Jesus Jr., and Mike Ohlman also getting 2 base knocks against Syracuse.

The PawSox are back in action on Wednesday to finish up the three-game set in Syracuse with Jalen Beeks on the hill.

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PawSox Add Sam Travis To Roster, Betts Back To Portland



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Pawtucket Red Sox Add Sam Travis To Roster, Jordan Betts Back To Double-A Portland

With the Boston Red Sox optioning Sam Travis back to Pawtucket, a move had to be made.

And that move was announced on Tuesday afternoon with the PawSox transferring infielder Jordan Betts back to Double-A Portland.

Travis was optioned due to Boston adding Mookie Betts back onto their roster. Travis was originally called up on June 2nd and went 2-for-12 over 4 games on his MLB call-up. For Pawtucket this season Travis is batting .220 in 123 at-bats with 4 home runs and 11 RBIs.

As for Jordan Betts, he was assigned to Pawtucket back on April 23rd and has batted .264 for the PawSox with 3 home runs and 16 RBIs in 121 at-bats.

Betts despite playing fairly well for the PawSox in 2018 is the victim of a necessary roster move to get Travis back onto their roster.

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