Henry Owens

Friday Red Sox Farm Report: PawSox LHP Henry Owens struggles with control; Ryan Court hits 2 triples, 1 HR for Portland

May 27, 2016 - 7:07 am

Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday. TRIPLE-A PATWUCKET RED SOX (23-24): L, 11-4, vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies) -- It was a rough day for PawSox starter Henry Owens. In the first inning Owens let up two singles, a double, two walks and a sacrifice fly and he hit a batter before getting out of the inning. Owens was pulled from the game after 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits (including a home run) and five walks with two strikeouts, and he hit two batters. Since rejoining Pawtucket after a brief stint with Boston, Owens has had trouble locating the strike zone. In three of his last four starts he has walked five batters. Owens is considered one of the top pitching prospects in the Red Sox farm system, but he has struggled this season. With Pawtucket the 23-year-old-left-hander is 3-2 in seven starts with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. In three starts with the big league club Owens has not recorded a decision in 12 1/3 innings with a 5.11 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP. -- Rusney Castillo and Ryan LaMarre hit home runs for the PawSox. Castillo finished the day 2-for-5 with a strikeout and two runs scored. He now is hitting .254/.310/.331 in 33 Triple-A games this season. LaMarre went 3-for-4 with a strikeout and now is hitting .313/.358/.434 in 23 games with the PawSox. -- The bullpen was unable to help salvage the game for the PawSox. Robby Scott came on in relief for Owens and lasted 2 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits (two home runs) with three strikeouts. The 26-year-old left-hander has appeared in 11 games for Pawtucket this season, posting a 3.21 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Wesley Wright followed and allowed two runs on three hits (one home run) with one strikeout in two innings. Noe Ramirez closed things out with a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and recording a strikeout. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (16-30): L, 5-4, at Harrisburg (Nationals) -- The Sea Dogs have lost two games in a row by walking home the winning batter. On Thursday it was Simon Mercedes who was unable to find the strike zone in the ninth inning. After walking the first batter of the inning, Mercedes, a Dominican Republic native, got one out on a sacrifice bunt, but then he walked the next three batters, allowing Harrisburg to get the win. The 24-year-old right-hander is 2-3 this season with a 9.45 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP. -- Ryan Court's bat was hot on Thursday, as he went 3-for-4 with two triples, a long solo home run and three RBIs. The 27-year-old shortstop is hitting .246/.361/.393 in 19 games with Portland this season. -- Ty Buttrey got the start for the Sea Dogs. Buttrey lasted 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on three hits and five walks with no strikeouts. In eight starts for Portland this season the 23-year-old right-hander is 0-6 with a 5.85 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (31-16): L, 9-6, at Potomac (Nationals) -- Salem pitchers combined for nine walks on Thursday, and five of those walks came from starter Dedgar Jimenez. Jimenez, a native of Venezuela, gave up five runs on six hits with no strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. The season the 20-year-old left-hander is 2-3 with a 6.35 ERA and a 1.84 WHIP. -- Nick Longhi drove home two of Salem's runs. Longhi finished the day 1-for-4 with one run scored and one strikeout. He has hit .296/.372/.396 this season with Salem. Rafael Devers gave Salem three more runs with an estimated 435-foot three-run home run. Devers has hit .188/.268/.313 this year. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (22-24): L, 7-4, at Rome (Braves) -- Drive starter Marc Brakeman pitched four innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts. Brakeman is 1-4 this season with a 6.48 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. -- Roldani Baldwin gave the Drive a 4-1 lead in the third inning with a solo home run. Baldwin is hitting .244/.248/.402 with three home runs. -- The Greenville pitchers were unable to preserve the lead. The Braves were able to score two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Reliever Adam Lau pitched two innings of relief after Brakeman was pulled and gave up two runs on five hits with four strikeouts. Austin Glorius finished the game by pitching two scoreless innings.