Sox pitching prospect Owens in midst of stellar season

Sox pitching prospect Owens in midst of stellar season

Sox pitching prospect Owens in midst of stellar season

Left-hander Henry Owens, the Red Sox's No. 4 prospect, hadn't allowed a hit in back-to-back starts going into Sunday for Class A Advanced Salem. While he couldn't make it three in a row, Owens didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning against Potomac, ending his streak at 19 1/3 innings.

The streak began on July 11 and extended over four games before Potomac second baseman Cutter Dykstra singled to right field with two outs in the fourth on Sunday.

Owens threw seven shutout innings before running into trouble in the eighth. He was charged with four runs in the frame, and he ultimately took the loss, giving up four hits and posting seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. It was the first time in his career that he pitched into the eighth.

Owens, ranked No. 57 on MLB.com's Top 100 prospects list, has put together one of the most impressive seasons of any pitcher in the Red Sox organization. His 123 strikeouts in 104 2/3 innings pitched lead the Carolina League and are the most by a Red Sox Minor Leaguer, and he owns a 2.92 ERA.

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.