Webb Going Long; Julio's New Role

Brandon Webb looked great, and for five innings so did the bullpen, but the offense couldn't come through, so the D'Backs didn't get a look at their new closer. FutureBacks.com gives you all the latest info with the Inside Pitch.

Matched up against one of the best pitchers in baseball, Brandon Webb did not disappoint.
Webb worked seven scoreless innings against the New York Mets on Wednesday night in a start against Pedro Martinez, and the only thing that kept him from pitching longer was the fact that he had thrown consecutive shutouts his past two games.
"After two complete-game shutouts, 100 pitches in seven innings was all I had for him," manager Bob Melvin said.
Melvin said he's cognizant of Webb's mounting innings pitched, a category in which he leads the National League with 89 2/3, and noted that the coaches monitor Webb closely every game.
Webb said the 25 innings is probably the most he has ever pitched in three consecutive games, but said he likely could have gone another inning on Wednesday if Melvin had allowed it.
REPLAY: The Diamondbacks bullpen pitched well on Wednesday night but wasn't quite good enough against the Mets. Relievers Luis Vizcaino, Brandon Lyon, Brandon Medders and Jorge Julio each had scoreless outings, but Jason Grimsley, seeing his first action after a six-day layoff, was touched for the game-winning run by the Mets in the 13th inning.

--RHP Jorge Julio would have been the closer on Wednesday night if a save situation presented itself, manager Bob Melvin said. Melvin still has yet to officially declare Julio the closer over the struggling Jose Valverde.
--C Johnny Estrada says it has been fun to watch Brandon Webb pitch recently. "I just go out there every fifth day and try not to mess him up," Estrada said.
--RHP Russ Ortiz made a rehab start for Triple-A Tucson and allowed one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two. Ortiz, on the disabled list with a calf injury, is expected to get at least one more start in Tucson.
--CF Eric Byrnes' hitting streak reached 14 games with a single in the first inning on Wednesday night. He was Public Enemy No. 1 during the weekend series in New York. During the series, he hit three home runs, took an extra-base hit away from Carlos Delgado with a catch against the wall on Wednesday night, and displayed his fiery side on a couple of occasions, getting under the skin of Mets fans, who booed him throughout the series.
--3B Chad Tracy, who has 51 strikeouts in 206 at-bats, wants to cut down on his strikeouts. "It's unacceptable," he said. Tracy says he's going to start shortening his swing with two strikes and try to put the ball in play more regularly because he hates striking out so much.
BY THE NUMBERS: 5 -- The number of shutouts tossed by the Diamondbacks' pitching staff this season. They had 10 shutouts all last season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's making my job easy. I can just sit back and watch. I know he's not going 50-0, but he's on quite the roll." -- Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin on the days Brandon Webb is pitching.

LHP Terry Mulholland went on the 15-day disabled list April 12 with inflammation in his left elbow. He was scheduled to start an injury-rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson on May 21.
RHP Russ Ortiz went on the 15-day disabled list May 2 with a right calf strain. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson on May 16.
RHP Orlando Hernandez left his start May 16 with a mid-back strain and knee pain. But he pitched effectively in his May 22 start.
UT Damion Easley was a last-minute scratch because of back spasms on May 24, He was listed as day-to-day.

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