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Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens takes 'couple steps forward' in solid start for PawSox; Pat Light records 4th save

June 07, 2016 - 5:42 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Monday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (29-28): W, 2-1, vs. Toledo (Tigers) -- Pawtucket pushed its record above .500 thanks to a strong performance on the mound from Henry Owens. He didn't receive a decision, but the left-hander gave up just one run on five hits and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings of work. "I feel I took a couple steps forward tonight," Owens told pawsox.com following the game. "From a consistency standpoint, I feel I was able to repeat my delivery within an at-bat from the first inning on." After being optioned to Pawtucket from Boston on May 6, Owens is 3-1 and has allowed 18 earned runs in 32 innings pitched. The 23-year-old is 4-2 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP in nine starts with the Triple-A affiliate. Batters are hitting only .215 against Owens in the minor leagues. -- Chris Dominguez drove in both of Pawtucket's runs, going 1-for-3 with two RBIs. In the first inning, the 29-year-old hit a two-out RBI single to drive in Justin Maxwell and put the Red Sox on the board. Then in the sixth inning with the bases loaded, Dominguez hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score the go-ahead run. On the year, Dominguez is batting .244/.253/.333 in 23 games with Pawtucket. -- Pat Light, Boston's No. 15 prospect at MLB.com, came into the game in the ninth inning to record the save. He struck out two in the frame to secure his fourth save of the year in four opportunities. "The bullpen has done very well," said Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles. "They've attacked the zone and their secondary pitches have been effective." Light, 25, hasn't allowed an earned run since May 17. He is 0-1 with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 15 Triple-A games, covering 20 1/3 innings. Opponents have a .187 batting average when facing Light. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: W, 6-0, and L, 1-0, at Hartford (Rockies) -- In the first game, starting pitcher Justin Haley held Hartford scoreless in six innings of work. He let up two hits and one walk while fanning six. Chandler Shepherd came on in the seventh inning to secure the win, as both games ended at seven innings due to the doubleheader. No Hartford runner reached second base. The 24-year-old is 5-3 with a 2.22 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. He is 5-1 in his last seven starts, and hasn't allowed more than one run in a game since May 18. He leads the team in innings pitched (56 2/3) and strikeouts (55). -- Ryan Court knocked in three runs, going 2-for-4 and extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Since the Red Sox signed him on May 2, Court is .313/.400/.438 in 29 games, and his 15 runs scored rank second on the team. -- In the second game, Portland sent out Austin Maddux for his first Double-A start. The right-hander surrendered just one hit while striking out four in three innings pitched. Maddux, 25, was assigned to Portland from Salem last Wednesday after going 2-0 with five saves in six chances, a 3.33 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP over 13 games in High-A. -- Williams Jerez came in to replace Maddux in the fourth inning, tossing two perfect frames to keep Hartford scoreless before Jake Drehoff let up a walk-off home run in the seventh inning. Jerez, Boston's No. 20 prospect at MLB.com, is 0-1 this year with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. The left-hander, drafted in 2011 by the Red Sox, has not allowed a run in his last three appearances. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (37-21): L, 13-5, at Lynchburg (Indians) -- It was a rough outing for starting pitcher Trey Ball, who was pulled after just two-thirds of an inning, allowing three earned runs in that span. He gave up a grand slam and walked two. Ball, 21, now is 2-3 with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in eight starts. Monday's game was the first time that Ball, Boston's No.19 prospect at MLB.com, failed to throw at least four innings in an outing. -- Despite plating five runs, Salem was held to just one extra-base hit, coming from Jordan Betts in the sixth inning. Betts finished 2-for-2 with a run, an RBI and two walks, and he was the only batter to record multiple hits. Betts is .211/.282/.331 in 40 games between Salem and Portland. The 24-year-old was drafted in the 18th round by Boston in 2014. -- The only Salem pitcher who didn't allow a run was Ben Taylor, who struck out 10 batters in four innings pitched. He let up only two hits and walked just one batter in his appearance. Taylor, 23, is 0-1 with a 2.20 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP in 13 appearances. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (28-27): Postponed due to wet grounds. The Drive will play a doubleheader at Kannapolis (White Sox) on Tuesday.

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