Red Sox prospect trio combines for no-hitter
Organization's No. 5 player in pipeline contributes six scoreless in victory
Boston's No. 5 prospect Henry Owens did most of the work, and two relievers sealed the deal, as the trio combined to toss the first no-hitter in Salem Red Sox history Wednesday night in Frederick, Md.
The Class A Advanced club shut out the Frederick Keys, 6-0, thanks in large part to six scoreless frames and 10 strikeouts -- tying a season high -- from Owens. Matty Ott tossed two no-hit innings, and Matt Price finished the deal with a scoreless ninth.
"This is awesome, yeah, absolutely, a very cool, very great experience," Owens told MILB.com. "That was just the best curveball I've had all year, and the fastball command went really well. I know I had four walks, but they came in spurts, and I think a couple came on 3-2 pitches, so I was at least challenging hitters."
The Red Sox drafted Owens 36th overall in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. The left-hander has flourished this season, going 7-4 with a 2.93 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 92 innings.
"Coming to Spring Training this year, I just wanted to show them what I've got, show that I can get better, because there's always room for improvement," Owens said.