A dominant six innings of no-hit ball by Henry Owens was more than enough to bring home a third straight weekly honor for the Salem Red Sox as the big left-hander was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week on Monday for the period of July 15-21.
As temps neared 100 degrees last Wednesday in Frederick, Maryland, the 6-foot-6 Owens calmly went about his business against the Keys, using 89 pitches to tie a career-high of 10 strikeouts, inducing four ground ball outs and one fly out while walking four.
Owens was spelled by reliever Matty Ott who struck out two over two hitless innings and Matt Price finished the job with two more Ks in the ninth for the first no-hitter in Salem Red Sox history.
With the win Owens improved to 7-4 on the season with a 2.93 ERA and 1.18 WHIP to go along with a .190 opponents batting average.
He has struck out 107 batters on the season, only one behind Brandon Workman for most in the Red Sox farm system, and with a start on Monday night and Workman with Boston, he will take over that lead at some point this evening.
Owens, who turned 21 on Sunday, was a first round selection (No. 36 overall) by Boston in 2011 and he solidified his spot as a Red Sox Top 10 prospect after a breakout debut with Greenville last season when he went 12-5 with a 4.87 ERA and 130 strikeouts over 101 2/3 innings.
He joins Stefan Welch (Batter of the Week, July 8-14), Mike Augliera (Pitcher of the Week, July 1-7) and Garin Cecchini (Batter of the Week, April 22-28 and May 6-12) as Salem’s weekly honorees this season.
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