Henry Owens OK in debut but Red Sox' bullpen isn't – Boston Globe
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Red Sox rookie Henry Owens winds up in the second inning of his debut. He gave up three runs in five innings.
NEW YORK — Henry Owens walked off the mound in Yankee Stadium in the sixth inning Tuesday night. To that point, the 23-year-old lefthander had allowed one run and the Red Sox had the lead.
For a pitcher making his major league debut against a first-place team in hostile environs, it was close to ideal.
“I was pleased with the opportunity and tried to seize it as best I could,” Owens said.
His positive first impression was obscured by what followed. A bullpen overloaded with bargains and castoffs fell apart, allowing 10 runs as the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 13-3.
Brian McCann and Chris Young homered in a nine-run seventh inning as the first-place Yankees worked their rivals over with brutal efficiency.
Box score: Yankees 13, Red Sox 3
“They had their way with our bullpen,” manager John Farrell said.
Robbie Ross Jr., Jean Machi, Craig Breslow, and Alexi Ogando were responsible for the carnage, allowing eight hits and four walks in three innings. The Sox have lost eight straight on the road and 13 of 18 overall.
Owens took an undeserved loss. He allowed three runs on five hits over five-plus innings with a walk and five strikeouts.
Not since the forgettable Robinson Checo in 1997 had a Red Sox pitcher made his debut in the Bronx. Owens hid any anxiousness under his ponytail and southern California cool.
“I looked around when I warming up. Kind of, ‘Here I am.’ I tried to embrace it the best I could,” he said.
Owens needed 34 pitches to get through the first inning but allowed only one run.
He endeared himself to Sox fans by starting his career with a strikeout of Jacoby Ellsbury. Then Young singled, Alex Rodriguez drew a walk, and Mark Teixeira grounded a single up the middle to produce a run.
That brought out pitching coach Carl Willis. Owens was one batter away from his debut getting out of control.
Owens fell behind McCann but got him on a liner to center. Carlos Beltran then fouled out.
Chase Headley singled to start the second inning for the Yankees. But Owens retired the next 12 batters, allowing only three balls out of the infield.
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