Despite results, Webb OK with outing
D-backs ace pleased with pitch location, work on curveball
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The results will not look pretty in the box score, but Brandon Webb was pleased with the work he got in on Friday against the Giants.
Webb allowed six runs on 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings, but did not throw his changeup and instead worked on fastball location, and he used his curve more than he had previously this spring.
"Maybe I'll reevaluate during the season if I'm getting hit like this," Webb said. "But right now, we're just trying to get some work in, get my pitch count up, get the innings in, which I did today."
The D-backs didn't exactly play great defense behind him, and on a day when the wind gusted out to right field, Eugenio Velez yanked a homer over the right-field fence.
"Velez isn't going to take him deep too often; the wind might have had something to do with that," D-backs manager Bob Melvin said. "He didn't pitch poorly, by any stretch."
In his earlier outings this spring, Webb found himself "jerking" the curve when he tried to hit the outside corner with it to lefties, but he had more success with it today.
"I really got a good feel for it," he said.
And in Spring Training, that's all that matters, six runs or not.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.