Ryan Webb has impressive streak come to an end
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2013) When a starting pitcher makes it through 27 batters in a row during a start without allowing a hit, it is rightly celebrated as one of the most impressive achievements in baseball. When a reliever does it over nine appearances mostly in the late innings of a game, we hardly take notice.
Just ask Marlins reliever Ryan Webb, who had not allowed a hit in his last 32 opponent at-bats before Joey Votto singled off him Wednesday. Even he hadn't realized how long his hitless streak was until after it ended.
"Honestly, I didn't even pick up on it until a week ago," Webb told the Sun-Sentinel. "Probably San Diego [last week] I realized it had been a little while."
Webb has only gone less than a full inning in one of his last 10 outings, and has not allowed a run in that span. With 11 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings, Webb is well aware of how much help he has gotten from his defense in this streak.
"Definitely there was some good defense behind all those outs I got and I got lucky on some stuff, which is going to happen," Webb said. "I'm getting the put-aways when I need to."