He just pitched a 2-hit, complete game, shut out, the first shutout of his entire professional career.
With that, the D’Backs beat the Giants 5-0, to set up the rubber match of the series tomorrow.
And Owings hit a double for good measure.
He faced only one batter over the minimum, thanks to two double plays.
Owings got all the run support he needed in the first inning, when the Snakes scored 4. The big hit in that inning was a 2-RBI single by Chris Snyder.
The fifth run came in the sixth inning on a home run by Mark Reynolds.
The fly in the ointment today was base stealing. Eric Byrnes was thrown out trying to steal second in the first inning. That snapped a string of 30 consecutive steals for Byrnes. Then in the sixth inning, Chris Young, who had doubled, was thrown out trying to steal third.
It was an important win as the Padres are leading the Pirates as I write this.
(Photo by Rick Scuteri/AP)
"The guy’s throwing the ball unbelievable right now, and it’s huge for
us, just with the way he’s controlling the game and controlling the
strike zone, working through guys."
— Catcher Chris Snyder, on D’Backs ace, Brandon Webb.
Brandon Webb ran his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 33, eclipsing his own old club record of 30, on the way to a complete game shutout, 1-0 against the Washington Nationals. The victory assured the Diamondbacks of winning their seventh consecutive series. Along the way, Webb struck out 10 and threw 119 pitches.
The only run web needed came in the fourth inning, when Eric Byrnes singled to left (No. 138), stole second (No. 31), and was driven in by a Justin Upton triple. Too bad Justin could not score; it was the third triple of his very young career, in all three instances, he cruised into third standing up.
The Diamondbacks have now won 17 of their last 20 games.
The front office made a very smart decision to start this evening’s game at 5:05 p.m. instead of the usual 6:40 p.m. The game was over before 7:20 p.m. (What ever am I going to do? I have an entire evening before me!) Granted, the pitcher’s duel ran faster than Diamondbacks’ games normally do, but even the typical longer game would have been done by about 8:30 p.m. The next experiment involves starting a Sunday afternoon game at 1:05 p.m. rather than 1:40 p.m. That’s a good idea, also.
Your complete game shutout (3 – 0 vs. the Dodgers) today extended your scoreless streak to 24 innings. It also capped the Diamondbacks’ sweep of the swooning Dodgers, pushing the Boys in Blue 4 games out of first. It also kept the first-place D’Backs 1.5 up on the Padres, who swept the Giants this weekend. (Thanks a heap, San Francisco!) The D’Backs have now won 13 of their last 15 and your own record is now 11 – 8.
Good going! Keep up the good work!
You know you’re good when they change the time of the game to accommodate your style! The A’s moved the game up from 6:05 to 7:05 so that people would not have to wait around for the fireworks show like they did the last time you pitched on a fireworks night.
It was 3-1, A’s over Blue Jays, with the help of a Jack Cust solo homer. And it was done in two hours and eight minutes.
Who says baseball is too slow?
You went the distance as your White Sox beat the Orioles 5-1. Jim Thome hit career homer No. 484.
You struck out 7, walked none and retired the last 16 batters you faced. The Orioles’ 1 run came on a second inning solo shot by Kevin Millar.
Nice work, Javier!
You’ve pitched 2 complete games this month. The latest, last night, a 5-2 victory over the Oakland A’s, your old hometown team, had you join Josh Beckett of the Red Sox as the only 11-game winners in the majors.
Yeah, you’re 1-6. Your ERA is still 8.56. And it was against the Pittsburgh Pirates who aren’t exactly lighting it up. But kudos to you for the complete game shut out. Maybe things will go better for you now.