Top Red Sox prospect throws six-inning no-hitter in Sea Dogs’ opener

Posted April 04, 2014, at 6:16 a.m.
Last modified April 04, 2014, at 9:59 a.m.

READING, Pa. — Henry Owens no-hit the Reading Fightin Phils in the Portland Sea Dogs 2014 season opener Thursday night as they defeated Reading 5-0.

The game was called after six innings due to rain. Mookie Betts paced the offensive attack for Portland going 4-for-4 with a home run.

Owens is credited with the complete game no-hitter firing six no-hit innings. He struck out nine and walked two batters. He retired the final 16 batters he faced.

The only base runners Owens allowed was a pair of walks in the first inning. Owens did not allow a ball out of the infield. He tossed 86 pitches, 59 for strikes.

The 22 year-old Owens is ranked by Baseball America as the Red Sox top pitching prospect and their No. 2 prospect overall. He was the Red Sox 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going a combined 11-6 with a 2.67 ERA between High-A Salem and Portland.

The no-hitter is the third in Sea Dogs franchise history and the first complete game no-hitter.

It also marks the first no-hitter in Sea Dogs history as an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Brad Penny and Luis Arroyo combined for the first no-hitter in franchise history on Aug. 8, 1999 against Trenton. The last no-hitter came on Aug. 13, 2001 when Josh Beckett and two relievers combined to no-hit the Binghamton Mets.

Betts had a home run, three runs scored and an RBI.

Sea Dogs catcher Blake Swihart celebrated his 22nd birthday with a 2-for-3 performance including an RBI triple in the third inning .

 

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