Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper and Josh Norris highlighted the Henry Owens-Jesse Biddle matchup earlier today and for good reason.
Owens, the Red Sox’s No. 2 prospect, no-hit the Reading Fightin Phils on Opening Night, striking out nine in a rain-shortened game in Portland’s 5-0 win at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Biddle, Philadelphia’s No. 2 prospect, gave up nine hits and four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. The game was called after six innings because of rain.
Owens walked two in the Sea Dogs’ third-ever no-hitter.
“It was only six innings, so it was kind of a cheap one,” Owens told the republicanherald.com. “But it feels good to get the season started. I was ready to get out of Florida and up here again.”
Mookie Betts, Boston’s No. 7 prospect, went 4-for-4 including a home run leading off the game against Biddle. Blake Swihart, Boston’s No. 5 prospect, had two hits.
Owens last season had a stretch of 19 1/3 hitless innings that finally ended in July, but he was not able to finish any of those games due to pitch counts, so Thursday’s rain-abbreviated start was the first time he was credited with a no-hitter.