It certainly was not a conventional baseball game Sunday at McCoy Stadium. A three-and-a-half hour game with a two-and-a-half hour rain delay, it was a long one to say the least. Henry Owens took the hill for Pawtucket earning the win, his 17th win on the year between AA Portland and AAA Pawtucket. In the end, the Paw Sox came out on top 10-4 as they clinched a Wild Card spot in the Governor’s Cup playoffs.
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Luck did not appear to be on Owens side, who gave up four runs over the course of six innings despite allowing just five base runners. He struck out nine while walking a pair, showing flashes of dominance at times while looking shaky at others.
“Tonight was kind of a back-and-forth outing,” Owens said following the win. “I didn’t have the best command on all my pitches. Giving up back-to-back walks in that third inning kind of killed me, but we put up a lot of runs so I was pretty happy — it kept us in the game”.
For example in the fifth inning, Owens gave up a solo shot to Eric Farris, his fourth of the season.
“If I’m going to give up dingers, I’ll accept the solo ones,” he said. “But again, walking two guys before I get an out usually ends up with a crooked number on the board”.
As for the adjustment from AA to AAA Owens does not see too much of a difference.
“I feel like it’s the same thing, just trying to limit mistakes in your outings, trying to stay in the strike zone, but not over the plate and tonight I was probably over the plate a little too much,” he added. “I mean, the two walks then I threw a change-up and a guy hit a double. I threw another change-up and another guy hit a double. I just got to finish my pitches a little bit better”.
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Rated as the third best Boston Red Sox prospect, there is plenty of hype about Henry Owens already. Earning Eastern League Pitcher of the Year only added to that hype as have his outings in Pawtucket. In six outings, he owns a 4.03 ERA totaling 38 innings and is showing impressive command, walking 12 while striking out 44.
When asked if he could contribute at the Major League level right now, Owens kept his answer short and clear.