Webb Throws Third Straight Shutout

The ace of the Arizona Diamondbacks needed just 102 pitches to complete his third straight nine-inning shutout. He has now thrown 42 consecutive shutout innings, and is 17 frames shy of Orel Hershiser's record, set back in 1988.

Only 21 pitchers in baseball history have thrown at least 40 consecutive innings without giving up a run, and none have done so since Hershiser's mark of 59 nearly 20 years ago.

"I know it's going on, obviously, but I'm not pressing or anything," assured Brandon Webb.  "It's already pretty sweet that I've done that many. I know (giving up a run) is going to happen sometime."  

With a sinker that has appeared nearly unhittable, two quality pitches to keep batters from digging in against his primary offering, and an unflappable countenance, Webb poses a realistic threat to set a new record. 

"He's very even-keeled, has a poker face all the time," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "It works for him. He doesn't get emotional about what he's doing. But what people don't see is how competitive he is. He wants to be accountable for his team."

Webb has been more than accountable; he has been dominant.  His record is 13-8, but the team is 17-9 total in his starts.  His 2.63 ERA ranks fourth in the National League, just a hair over division rival Brad Penny's 2.61 mark.  Webb's name is now solidly among the top contenders for the NL Cy Young Award.   

"I know I'm starting to creep up there since I've been doing well the last month or so," Web modestly stated.  "I try to stay right with those guys. I know there are some guys who are throwing unbelievable all year. I didn't set out [to win another Cy Young Award], but if it happens, it would be sweet. Because then, people wouldn't think last year was a fluke."

That ship has already sailed, of course.  Webb is among the very best pitchers in all of baseball, and his $4.5 million salary this season makes Webb perhaps the best value as well.

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