PawSox Split Series at Rochester after Matinee Shutout
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — PawSox starter Héctor Velázquez delivered yet another dynamite outing and stifled the Rochester Red Wings in a 1-0 win to earn a series split Thursday afternoon at Frontier Field.
Pawtucket (42-43) scored the lone run in the top of the seventh and took a second consecutive game from the Red Wings (46-39) to finish the four-game series. After the Red Wings scored three runs in the first inning of Wednesday’s doubleheader, PawSox pitchers merely responded with 21 consecutive scoreless innings across the final three games of the series.
Velázquez (W, 6-1) only allowed four hits (all singles) in his seven frames, fanning seven against just one walk. The right-hander needed just 95 pitches to get through seven and lowered his ERA to 1.48, which would rank first in the International League among qualifying starting pitchers if he’d thrown one more inning so far this season. In 10 of his 11 full Triple-A starts, the 28-year old from Mexico has allowed two runs or fewer and logged at least five innings.
PawSox reliever Ben Taylor (S, 1) followed with two perfect innings and a pair of strikeouts for his first career Triple-A save.
Rochester starter Tim Melville (L, 2-2) traded zeroes with Velázquez and only allowed one unearned run — on his own error — over eight innings with six punchouts and one walk.
PawSox center fielder Rusney Castillo led off the game with a single to left, and Pawtucket was held without another hit until designated hitter Jhonny Peralta knocked a two-out single up the middle in the sixth.
The PawSox broke a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh. First baseman Steve Selsky stroked a ground-rule double to left-center field. Two batters later with two outs, second baseman Mike Miller hit a comebacker to Melville, who recovered and threw wildly to first, allowing Selsky to score and make it 1-0.
Following the four-game series, the PawSox return home to McCoy Stadium on Friday at 7:05 p.m. to start a three-game weekend series with the Buffalo Bisons before the All-Star break. PawSox right-hander Kyle Kendrick (2-5, 7.44) is scheduled to oppose Bisons righty Luis Santos (2-7, 4.36). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with the PawSox Pre-Game Show at 6:35 p.m.
The series runs through Sunday. Good seats are available, and fans can visit the McCoy Stadium box office, which is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., and during all home games. Fans can also call (401) 724-7300 or log on to PawSox.com for tickets.