17 June 2010
Although the Diamondbacks lost their 12th consecutive road game on Wednesday, the team did have some positive news in the pitching of Sam Demel
and Brandon Webb
. Sam Demel
, acquired from the Oakland A's for Conor Jackson, made his major league debut against the Red Sox with a perfect 8th inning. Demel faced three solid hitters in J.D. Drew, Adrian Beltre, and Mike Cameron, and retired them on a ground ball to second, an easy fly ball to right, and a strikeout, respectively. Demel only had to throw 13 pitches in the inning, 9 strikes and 4 balls. He threw mostly fastballs and sliders, with the fastball consistently hitting 94 mph, with one pitch as high as 96. His slider was typically in the low-to-mid 80s, and he obtained two called strikes with it, as well as a swinging strike on Cameron for strike three. Overall, it was an excellent debut for Demel - a low pressure situation, but the results were as good as the team could have hoped. This should lead the team to use Demel in higher leverage situations as the season progresses.
The other positive news for the Diamondbacks is that pitcher Brandon Webb threw
75 pitches off a mound Wednesday. Webb started off slowly, but by the end of the session, he was pleased. "I went from being kind of discouraged to it went real good and I was real happy with it," said Webb. Webb threw mostly from a stretch-type position rather than a full windup on Wednesday, and will play catch over the next few days before another bullpen session over the weekend. He's still quite far from returning to the Diamondbacks' rotation, but at least he's throwing off the mound again.