August 8, 2017 - International League (IL) - Pawtucket Red Sox
The PawSox (55-59) scored all seven runs in the first four innings and cruised past the Knights (46-68) in the opener of the three-game series to snap an eight-game losing skid. The shutout victory is Pawtucket's league-leading 16th of the season, while PawSox pitchers have now combined on seven three-hitters, in addition to seven other two-hit efforts.
"The one thing we haven't done is get a lead early on in the game and build a little cushion, and we were able to do that tonight," Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles said. "It was good to see an all-around game."
Velázquez (W, 7-3) struck out a season-high nine over five innings in which he only allowed two hits to go along with a pair of walks. Olmos (S, 3), meanwhile, buzzed through four innings of one-hit ball in which he fanned three out of the bullpen.
"To get through those five innings, [he] put together a really good start for us," Boles said of Velázquez.
Brentz (2-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI) connected on his 25th home run of the season, pulling him into a tie for second in the International League with Pedro î=81lvarez, and upped his RBI total to 69 and his OPS to .888. Pawtucket second baseman Tzu-Wei Lin (2-for-4) added a second consecutive two-hit performance.
Charlotte starter and former big leaguer Chris Volstad (L, 2-8) yielded seven runs (six earned) on nine hits in six frames with four strikeouts.
Pawtucket promptly started the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Brentz and center fielder Brian Bogusevic supplied RBI singles to make it 2-0.
Brentz then skied a high-arcing three-run home run to left-center field in the third inning to stretch the lead to 5-0.
In the fourth, PawSox shortstop Deven Marrero ripped an RBI double to the right-center wall, and designated hitter Ryan Court lofted a sacrifice fly to right to reel in Marrero and widen the gap to 7-0.
The PawSox continue the three-game series Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at McCoy Stadium. PawSox left-hander Jalen Beeks (4-4, 3.34) is scheduled to oppose Knights righty Tyler Danish (3-11, 4.97). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with the PawSox Pre-Game Show at 6:35 p.m.