Henry Owens

Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: PawSox LHP Henry Owens finishes with strong effort, 'turned a corner' in season's final month

September 06, 2016 - 4:55 am

Here's a look a the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (74-68): W, 4-2, vs. Buffalo (Blue Jays) -- Left-hander Henry Owens wrapped his strong final month in Triple-A with another impressive outing, pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts as the PawSox ended the season with a win. "This year, there's been a lot of adjustments mechanically and I thought I turned a corner in my last four or five starts here," Owens said (via MiLB.com). "I've been more consistent with my delivery and I just want to keep working every day and develop that muscle memory and stay within the strike zone." Owens, who struggled in his four starts in Boston this year, went 4-2 with a 1.73 ERA in his final six starts with the PawSox, and he finished the year at 10-7 with a 3.53 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 24 starts. "He had a couple of hiccups but he was able to settle in and give us some length today," PawSox manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com). The best is yet to come with him, I believe that." Owens is slated to join the major league team later this week and serve as an emergency starter. -- Kyle Martin pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and no runs in recording his sixth save in six chances. The 25-year-old went 3-4 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 36 appearances this season. -- Right fielder Bryce Brentz had the game's big hit, a three-run home run in the first inning. Shortstop Jose Vinicio was the only PawSox batter with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a double. -- Designated hitter Allen Craig went 1-for-2 with a walk and a triple, finishing his injury-shortened Triple-A season at .173/.250/.280 in 22 games. Center fielder Rusney Castillo was 1-for-4 and finished with a line of .263/.309/.354 with two home runs and 34 RBIs in 103 Triple-A games. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (55-84): L, 3-1, at New Hampshire (Blue Jays) -- Shortstop Mauricio Dubon had two hits for the fourth time in his final six games, going 2-for-4 to raise his batting line to .339/.371/.538 in 62 games with Portland following his promotion from Salem. The 22-year-old from Honduras, MLB's No. 12 Red Sox prospect, also had six home runs and 40 RBIs. -- The Sea Dogs scored their lone run in the second inning when catcher Danny Bethea hit a sacrifice fly to score right fielder Cody Decker, who had doubled and advanced to third on a ground out. -- Right-hander Mike McCarthy, making a spot start, pitched four scoreless innings. allowing two hits and a walk. Taylor Grover's day started on a sour note as the right-hander surrendered a home run to the first batter he faced in the fifth inning, tying the game. He allowed the winning run to score in the sixth, dropping his record to 2-5 with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP in 21 appearances with the Sea Dogs. Righty Ben Taylor pitched the seventh inning and allowed one run on four hits. Righty Ty Buttrey pitched the eighth and gave up one hit while striking out two. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (87-52): L, 4-0, at Lynchburg (Indians) -- The Red Sox, who open the Carolina League South Division playoffs Wednesday at Myrtle Beach, managed just three hits in their regular-season finale -- singles from third baseman Rafael Devers (who also walked), second baseman Jose Sermo and shortstop Deiner Lopez. Devers, the 19-year-old who is ranked as MLB's No. 3 Red Sox prospect, ended the regular season at .282/.335/.443 with 11 home runs and 71 RBIs in 128 games. -- Right-hander Jeffrey Fernandez, making his first start with Salem, pitched two innings and allowed four runs (all in the first inning), five hits and two walks with one strikeout. He fell to 2-1 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP in nine appearances with Salem since being moved up from Greenville a month ago. -- Righty Trevor Kelley made his debut with Salem on the same day he was promoted from Greenville and pitched two scoreless and hitless innings, recording three strikeouts. Kelley, a 36th-round draft pick last year, had gone 1-3 with a 1.93 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 21 appearances with Greenville. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (70-69): L, 6-4, at West Virginia (Pirates) -- Shortstop Jeremy Rivera hit a two-out, two-run double as part of a four-run ninth inning as the Drive rallied following eight innings without a run, although Greenville came up short in its finale. Rivera went 2-for-4 to finish the season at .260/.300/.334 in 111 games. -- Third baseman Roldani Baldwin drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, and the other Greenville run scored on a passed ball. -- Outfielder Derek Miller went 2-for-5. Designated hitter Josh Ockimey had Greenville's only other hit. -- Left-hander Emmanuel De Jesus started and was touched up for four runs on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts in four innings. The 19-year-old Venezuelan finished at 2-4 with a 5.96 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 10 starts with the Drive. -- Right-hander Kuehl McEachern pitched two scoreless and hitless innings, fanning two. Righty Adam Lau followed with two innings in which he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with one strikeout. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (47-29): L, 9-5, at Vermont (Athletics) -- Left fielder Victor Acosta was the only Spinner with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a double. Second baseman Carlos Tovas hit a three-run home run in the second inning. Yan Aybar and Matt McLean had RBI singles in the seventh inning. -- Left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez started and pitched three innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Righties Jared Oliver (two scoreless, hitless innings), Dioscar Romero (one run in one inning) and Algenis Martinez (one scoreless, hitless inning) got the Spinners into the eighth with a 5-4 lead. Lefty Brad Stone then allowed five runs (three earned) on one hit and four walks in two-thirds of an inning as the game got away from Lowell. Righty Andy Perez came on to get the final out of the frame. -- Despite the loss, the Spinners finished with a franchise-record 47 wins. The New York-Penn League Stedler Division champions open the postseason Wednesday at home against the Hudson Valley Renegades.