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Red Sox minor lines: Henry Owens needs fixing

There's something wrong with Henry Owens. And it's probably not just that he's finding Triple-A more challenging.

Pawtucket L 1-4

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 1-4, K
Deven Marrero: 1-4, 2B
Travis Shaw: 2-4
Allen Craig: 2-4

Henry Owens: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Noe Ramirez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

The bad news: Henry Owens keeps walking batters, with the positive signs of his last game being wiped away fairly quickly by this one. And of late it seems like they're starting to catch up to him run-wise.

The good news: While Owens has never been a control-first guy, he's damn sure been better than this in the past. One has to imagine there's something there to be fixed, especially since he wasn't a disaster when first introduced to Triple-A last year. It seems more like Owens has taken a sizeable step back than that he's finally come up against competition he can't handle which, strange as it might seem, is very much the better of the two possibilities.

Portland L 3-4

Carlos Asuaje: 1-3, 2B, BB

Pat Light: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Still a ways to go for Carlos Asuaje to get his numbers back to the heights they were at pre-slump (not that they're bad now, mind, just that milestones have been left behind). But with three solid Asuaje-like performances in a row,

Salem W 13-1

Manuel Margot: 0-5, K
Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-4, BB, K
Sam Travis: 3-5
Wendell Rijo: 2-5, 2 K

Trey Ball: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Just don't look at the walks just don't look at the walks just don't look at the--


Greenville L 2-4

Rafael Devers: 0-4, K
Nick Longhi: 1-4, K
Yoan Moncada: 0-4, 3 K
Michael Chavis: 0-4, K

And double dammit. Red Sox just not getting quite the fireworks they were hoping for in Single-A this year.