Left-hander Henry Owens, the Red Sox No. 1 prospect, threw eight scoreless innings Wednesday, pushing his shutout streak to 22 innings, and Double-A Portland defeated Erie, 5-1. It was the longest start of his career.
Owens, ranked No. 26 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, struck out six batters and limited the SeaWolves to two walks and two hits. He threw 107 pitches and generated 14 ground-ball outs.
Catcher Blake Swihart, the Red Sox No. 3 prospect and No. 51 overall, led the Sea Dogs' offense with three hits and two RBIs in the victory. He is hitting .298/.332/.483 with six home runs in 45 games this season.
Entering Wednesday night, Owens had thrown seven shutout innings in back-to-back starts. He last gave up a run May 19, in the fourth inning of Portland's 4-1 loss to Binghamton. Since then, he has a 0.64 WHIP and has struck out 17 batters.
Overall this season, Owens is 7-3 with a 2.24 ERA in 72 1/3 innings. He leads the Eastern League with 74 strikeouts and ranks second with a 1.04 WHIP.
-- Teddy Cahill
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less