|Friday’s Red Sox-Indians matchups: Henry Owens vs. Josh Tomlin||10.02.15 at 4:27 pm ET|
Owens (4-3, 3.84) is coming off a tremendous outing against the Orioles on Sunday, going 7 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and one walk with five strikeouts in an outing worthy of an ovation as he exited the game in the 2-0 victory.
“Another solid outing,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “He just had one little hiccup — it was a 29-pitch sixth inning — but outside of that, it was an outstanding effort. He held a very good team in check and preserved a lead. Command of his fastball was very good, the secondary stuff even better.”
Added catcher Blake Swihart: “He’s just attacking guys. He’s got a four-pitch arsenal and he’s just going after guys and getting outs.”
The 23-year-old left-hander is 2-1 in his last three starts with a 1.59 ERA, while holding opposing batters to just a .198 ERA. Of the five runs (four earned) that he’s allowed during that stretch, all of them came in his Sept. 22 outing against the Rays.
Friday will be Owens’ first career start against the Indians. He is 2-1 on the road with a 1.99 ERA over four starts.
|Closing Time: Henry Owens, Blake Swihart lead Red Sox to shutout over Orioles; NESN broadcaster Don Orsillo honored||09.27.15 at 4:06 pm ET|
The Red Sox began the season without an ace. They’re ending it with hope for the starting rotation.
The latest starter to step up with an outstanding effort was Henry Owens, who dominated the Orioles into the eighth inning on Sunday, lifting the Red Sox to their third straight shutout en route to a series sweep in the 2015 Fenway Park finale.
Owens was outstanding, attacking the strike zone into the eighth inning. He allowed just three hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out five and walking one.
Owens improved to 4-3 and lowered his ERA to 3.84 and continued a run out of scoreless starts against the Orioles, who entered the series with an outside chance of sneaking into the wild card conversation, and ended it without managing a run.
The Red Sox didn’t manage much offensively themselves, with the lone highlight the third home run of the season from Blake Swihart, a solo shot into the bullpen in the third inning.
The Red Sox are now 23-14 in their last 37 games.
The game also provided an opportunity to say goodbye to two longtime employees, with outgoing CEO Larry Lucchino honored on the field before the game, and popular NESN broadcaster Don Orsillo earning a standing ovation after appearing on the scoreboard between the seventh and eighth innings.
Orsillo, broadcasting his final game at Fenway Park, is reportedly in the mix for the San Diego Padres announcing job.
Owens (3-3, 4.41 ERA) is making his second career start against the Orioles. He earned the win the first time around, throwing 7 2/3 scoreless innings with six hits and four strikeouts in a 10-1 trouncing on Sept. 16.
The 23-year-old left-hander is coming off his third loss of the season on Tuesday as the Sox fell to the Rays, 5-2. He went 7 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts. The rookie did not surrender a hit until the fifth inning, but he struggled after that. He was allowed to start the eighth inning of a 3-2 game and promptly allowed a double and a two-run homer to Mikie Mahtook.
“The consistency was definitely there early,” Owens said after the game. “We came out with the two run lead early, so I was trying to keep the momentum on our side and get them back in the dugout. I thought we put together some good at-bats. I think I just did a poor job those last few innings. There was definitely positives from the outing I will take. There’s negatives I want to work on beginning tomorrow.”
Added interim manager Torey Lovullo: “When a young pitcher understands how to touch late innings, he’s going to grow up a little quicker. He’s pitched deep into games. Overall, I think he’s going to be in a pretty good place moving forward.”
Since making his debut against the Yankees on Aug. 4, Owens has only been chased from a game after throwing less than five innings just once. Owens has made five starts at Fenway, putting together a 1-2 record with a 6.35 ERA over 28 1/3 innings. The Sox are 4-5 with him on the mound this season.
|Closing Time: Red Sox youth has ups and downs in loss to Rays||09.22.15 at 9:54 pm ET|
Tuesday night showcased the young talent the Red Sox have to look forward to next season, but also served as a reminder they still have some work to do.
The Rays were able to pull out a 5-2 win over the Red Sox, courtesy of a throwing error by Mookie Betts in the sixth inning. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Sox.
With the Red Sox leading 2-1 and the bases loaded in the sixth against starter Henry Owens, Evan Longoria lifted a routine fly ball to right. Betts, making his second career Fenway Park start in right field, attempted to get the runner from third at home, but his throw airmailed everything and went into the crowd, which allowed the runner from second to also score, which proved to be the game-winning run.
Mikie Mahtook would hit a two-run home run off Owens in the eighth for two insurance runs, as the fourth time through the order proved one time too many with three of the four batters Owens faced picking up hits.
“His pitch count was down, that was the big reason. He didn’t very tough innings,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “I don’t think he threw more than 14 or 15 pitches in any of those early innings and I felt like he pitched well enough to go back out there. He deserved the opportunity to step out there, come back in and have a chance to win the game.
“If you dissect it, the one inning I don’t think we played very fundamental baseball. We made a mistake in right field with a throwing error and that put them ahead by a run and then he just got clipped for a two-run home run that broke the game open.”
Owens was rolling early on as he took a perfect game into the fifth inning before allowing a leadoff double, but struggled at times after that. Owens finished going 7 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits, while walking two and striking out five.
The 23-year-old left-hander has 20 swing and misses, a very high number.
“I’m not too sure. I was just trying to keep them off balance and they were late on a few fastballs, maybe sitting changeup — sitting fastball and missing a few changeups,” Owens said. “Threw a few good curveballs. It’s good to see swing and misses, but at the same time it’s good to get early contact.”
The Rays threatened in the seventh after the bases were loaded with no outs thanks to a Shaw error at first, but Owens was able to get out of it. Shaw forced out a runner at home on a grounder and then No. 9 hitter Luke Maile ripped one back up the middle, but Owens gloved it and went home to get the force and catcher Blake Swihart fired to first for the double play to end the threat.
The Red Sox moved out of last place in the AL East on Monday for the first time since June 8 courtesy of a Xander Bogaerts go-ahead eighth-inning grand slam that fueled an 8-7 victory over the Rays. The Sox will turn to rookie Henry Owens as they look to extend their winning streak to four games, while Matt Moore will take the mound for the Rays.
Owens (3-2, 4.33 ERA) is set to make his first-ever start against the Rays. He is coming off his best career outing against Baltimore on Wednesday, going 7 2/3 innings, allowing no runs or walks and striking out four while giving up six hits.
“He was dialing up pitches left and right,” interim Red Sox manager Torey Lovullo said after the outing. “Some of the comments [catcher] Blake [Swihart] was saying as he was coming in from the inning is that he was not missing a spot. You started to hear little things like that and he was just in cruise control and you know that it’s going to be a special night for him.”
The Sox are 4-4 when the 23-year-old left-hander takes the mound this season. Since making his debut against the Yankees on Aug. 4, Owens has surrendered three runs or less in six of his eight starts. He gave up seven runs in the other two outings.
Opposing batters are hitting only .250 against Owens overall, but batters have more success against him at Fenway, hitting .277. He’s 1-1 at home with a 6.86 ERA over four starts.
|Closing Time: Henry Owens makes another positive impression in Red Sox win||09.16.15 at 9:58 pm ET|
BALTIMORE — Henry Owens is making things interesting for the Red Sox.
Once considered a pitcher with potential, but one who might not have enough of a fastball and too much wildness, has left quite a mark over his eight games with the big league club. And it was his latest outing — a 7 2/3-inning gem in which he didn’t allow a run or walk while striking out four — that might have been his best resume-builder.
Owens’ 113-pitch gem led the Red Sox to a 10-1 win over the Orioles Wednesday night at Camden Yards, and put him in an even more interesting position heading into the offseason.
“I think so,” said Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo when asked if he thought this was Owens’ best big league effort. “No runs, no walks. Seven and two-thirds. I think he scattered six hits. Nothing was really driven. He just didn’t look like he was in trouble. And on a night like tonight, as I just said, those are tough times for pitchers to pitch. They get distracted by the score. They get distracted by the silliness that starts to take place in the dugout. I can remember turning around several times seeing him very focused, ready to go out and throw up another zero.”
The lefty now owns a 4.33 ERA, having allowed three runs or less in all but two of his starts.
“I had a couple outings where I had to learn some lessons and I’m trying got roll into each out and learn as much as I possibly can for the time I’m here,” said the 23-year-old, who is now 2-1 with a 1.99 ERA in his four road starts this season. “I’m pleased with tonight and I’m just going to work harder tomorrow and try and bring it into the next outing.”
Helping the rookie feel at ease in the series finale was a Red Sox offense that was all over Baltimore starter Michael Wright.
Thanks in large part to a pair of home runs by Dustin Pedroia, along with David Ortiz‘ 35th blast of the year, the Sox jumped out to a 9-0 lead after four innings and never looked back. Pedroia finished with five RBI.
Owens (2-2, 5.25 ERA) last pitched Tuesday against the Blue Jays, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing one run on three hits with four walks and two hit batsman. He did not factor into the decision.
The left-hander blamed issues coming out of his windup for his wildness.
“I think out of the stretch I felt in command of most at-bats. … There’s some refinement I still need to do with my mechanics out of a windup, which beging tomorrow,” he said after the game.
Owens has made seven starts since getting called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 4. In five of those starts he has allowed a combined seven runs, but two rough outings — seven runs against the Mariners and Yankees — have ballooned his ERA. He has not yet faced the Orioles.
|Closing Time: Alexi Ogando implodes, Red Sox bats silenced in 5-1 loss to Blue Jays||09.08.15 at 10:43 pm ET|
With the Red Sox locked in a 1-1 game against the Blue Jays in the 10th on Tuesday night, reliever Alexi Ogando imploded, allowing four runs on three hits, a walk, a wild pitch, an balk, and a sacrifice fly. When it was over, so were the Red Sox en route to a 5-1 loss that dropped them back into sole possession of last place, a game behind the Orioles, who beat the Yankees.
Toronto MVP candidate Josh Donaldson appeared to give the Jays the lead in the 10th when he led off against Ogando with a blast off the top of the left field wall, but it was ruled live and upheld on replay, with Donaldson settling for a triple.
A Jose Bautista flyout to medium center wasn’t deep enough to score Donaldson, and after an intentional walk to Edwin Encarnacion, new Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki ripped a single to left to break the 1-1 tie.
Milford’s Chris Colabello padded the lead with an RBI single off the glove of diving Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, Ogando balked in a run, and that was that.
“Tried to just navigate through their lineup the best that we could, give ourselves the best opportunity to get through that inning,” said interim manager Torey Lovullo. “Obviously one of the best players in the American League comes up with a leadoff triple. We’re just trying to preserve that run the best that you can. I thought we came up with a pretty good game plan and Tulowitzki beat us with a groundball through the left side of the diamond. I think we were in good position, we were in the right place. Just found a hole. You’ve got to give him some credit for executing.”
A low-scoring game in extras didn’t necessarily appear to be on the docket when this one started. The Red Sox and Jays have owned two of baseball’s hottest offenses since the start of August, and with Toronto dominating left-handed pitching, it looked like it could be a long night for starter Henry Owens, who was coming off the worst outing of his young career, a seven-run stinker against the Yankees in just 1 2/3 innings.
Owens delivered the kind of start on Tuesday that plagued him early in the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing virtually nothing in the hits department (3 in 5 1/3 innings), but also walking four, hitting two batters, throwing a pair of wild pitches, and needing 95 pitches just to get through the first out of the sixth.
“I’m trying to go deeper, obviously, but my pitch count got up and I just tried to have a couple of quick innings, and fortunately went out to the sixth, gave up a hit and walk and [Jean] Machi came in there and closed the door,” Owens said.
On the plus side, Owens limited the damage against one of baseball’s top lineups. On the down side, he was erratic and also a bit lucky, particularly on a mammoth foul home run by Donaldson that was upheld on review.
On the other side, the Red Sox couldn’t do much with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who limited them to four hits and a run in six innings, striking out four. Dickey’s only mistake was a flat knuckler to Travis Shaw, which the rookie deposited into the visiting bullpen to tie the game at 1-1 in the second inning.
The Jays had already struck for a run in the first in a frame that could’ve gone spun completely out of control before Owens reeled it back in. He hit leadoff man Ben Revere and promptly wild-pitched him to second before inducing Donaldson to line out sharply to left. Bautista walked and the Jays pulled off a double steal with the dangerous Encarnacion at the plate. But groundouts by Encarnacion and Tulowitzki limited the damage to the lone run.
For the middle game of a three-game series at Fenway, 23-year-old Red Sox rookie Henry Owens will take on 40-year-old Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Owens (2-2, 5.87 ERA) began this year in Pawtucket. He was called up Aug. 4 when Rick Porcello was placed on the DL, and remained in the rotation after Porcello returned. Owens has made six starts, and four of them were promising — three runs or less. However, he struggled in his most recent outing, lasting just 1 2/3 innings against the Yankees and allowing seven runs (all earned) on six hits — including two home runs — and two walks in last Wednesday’s 13-8 loss. Owens retired the first four Yankees but then allowed eight straight to reach base.
“It wasn’t his best day. We all know that,” Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “He started off really strong and it happened pretty quick when they jumped on him.”
Owens was the victim of some rookie hazing on Sunday, as his teammates taped him to a pole in the dugout during their 6-2 victory over the Phillies.
|Closing Time: Henry Owens, Red Sox bullpen struggle in loss to Yankees||09.02.15 at 7:39 pm ET|
Facing a team currently in the postseason for the fourth time in six big league starts, Henry Owens was due for a stinker.
Owens breezed through the first inning — a 1-2-3 inning on 12 pitches, but then blew up in the second. He started out the inning by striking out Carlos Beltran, but then the next eight hitters reached, leading to his departure.
Greg Bird and John Ryan Murphy hit back-to-back home runs to put the Yankees on top 3-1 at the time and the Yankees would then add two hits, a walk and two singles, as following Alex Rodriguez‘s RBI single Owens’ day was over.
“I felt when I was mechanically sound I could command the fastball on both sides of the plate the first inning and a little bit of the second,” Owens said.” There were some counts I fell into where maybe not going to an off speed pitch to get my back on track mechanically I tried to stick with the fastball. Mental lapse on my part and I’ve learned from it.
Ryan Cook entered the game in relief and the first batter he faced — Beltran — greeted him with a two-run homer, giving the Yankees a 8-1 lead after two innings.
Owens finished the game going 1 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out two. He threw 41 pitches in the second inning and recorded just two outs.
“It wasn’t his best day, we all know that,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “Started off very strong and then I think he got a little erratic with his fastball. He started to spray it around, fell behind in counts. It happened pretty quick where they jumped on it.”
The short start snapped a string of 30 games where Sox starters went at least five innings. It was the team’s longest stretch since Aug. 31, 2004.
Cook wasn’t much better as he allowed four runs in just 1 1/3 innings of work, including two home runs. His ERA on the year is now 21.13. Heath Hembree allowed a run over two innings of relief and then Craig Craig Breslow allowed a run over 2 1/3 innings. Alexi Ogando finished the game tossing a scoreless 1 1/3 innings.
The Red Sox offense was highlighted by Xander Bogaerts’ solo home run in the sixth inning, his fifth of the season. He finished the game 3-for-5 and since May 31, he leads the majors in hitting as he’s batting .346. He also leads the team with 45 multi-hit games this year.
Trailing 12-2 at one point, the Red Sox scored two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to make it a more respectable outcome. It also forced the Yankees to call upon Dellin Betances to get out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth. The Sox added another run in the ninth before closer Andrew Miller shut the door.
For the Yankees, Stephen Drew was the star as he finished the game 3-for-4, a triple shy of the cycle.
Masahiro Tanaka started and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits, while walking a batter and striking out five to pick up his 11th win of the year.
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