Owens allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits and five walks while striking out nine in 6.1 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. Once again, Owens had some good and some bad in a start. Striking out nine and ceding just four hits in 6.1 innings being the good, but his shaky relationship with command remains an issue for the left-hander, who also gave up two homers. If he can command more consistently, Owens would become a viable option to enter Boston's starting rotation. But with 67 walks and 12 homers in 89.1 combined innings between Pawtucket and Boston, the contending Red Sox are not about to rely Owens' unpredictability.
Owens allowed five runs on six hits and five walks while striking out four in four innings for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday. This was a big start for Owens, who was coming off his most impressive performance of the season, but he failed. On a day when Clay Buchholz gave Red Sox manager John Farrell another reason to remove him from the starting rotation, a second consecutive quality performance from Owens could have had the young lefty back in Boston. But like his chance in spring training to be the fill-in starter for the then-injured Eduardo Rodriguez, Owens didn't grab hold of the opportunity presented to him.
Owens allowed one hit and three walks while striking out five in seven scoreless innings in the first game of a doubleheader for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. His bid for a seven-inning no-hitter was spoiled with one out in the seventh. Owens' fastball command was better Tuesday and when it wavered -- he walked two straight in the fourth, another in the sixth, and ran three other three-ball counts -- he was able to make in-game adjustments that had previously eluded him, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. "It's definitely getting better every start, aside from the last start," Owens said. "I'm happy where I'm at right now and I just want to keep moving forward in the right direction." These flashes of brilliance from Owens are not unprecedented, but being able to sustain it over longer stretches as been elusive for the left-hander. It was about this time last year when Owens overcame command and control woes to pitch his way into Boston's rotation by August. With the back end of Boston's rotation remains in flux, Owens can throw himself back into the mix if he can continue to command his fastball.
Owens allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out five in 5.2 innings in a loss for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. He threw 105 pitches, 68 for strikes. Depending on how you define it, Saturday's outing may have been Owens' best of the season. He didn't walk a batter through the first five innings before being pulled after walking the final two batters faced. The left-hander has been battling career-long command issues this season, so Saturday's outing represents a major improvement for a pitcher that walked 13 in 12.1 innings in three major league starts. It also comes at a time when he's being considered for Boston's fifth starter. The Red Sox have been getting by with four starters because of off days, but will need a fifth starter June 18.
Owens allowed one run on five hits and three walks while striking out six in 5.2 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday. Owens had a more repeatable delivery Monday and was able to throw early strikes, making his changeup a weapon. This was the sixth time in nine starts that Owens has allowed one run or fewer, but he tall left-hander is still battling consistent mechanics and getting his fastball over for strikes on a more regular basis. Until he can throw strikes consistently, Owens will remain at Triple-A, while others get a shot at the fifth spot in Boston's rotation.