It took five games, but Red Sox rookie pitcher Allen Webster finally earned his first major league win as Boston downed the Padres 8-2.
Webster, one of the players acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in last year’s blockbuster deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to LA said, “It’s a huge relief, just a big pressure off my shoulders to finally have number one out of the way."
In five career starts Webster is now 1-2 with a 7.88 ERA.
Webster planned on celebrating the win by giving the game ball to his dad who was among the fans on hand at a sold out Fenway Park.
It was not an entirely smooth outing as Webster allowed at least one runner to reach base in five of his six innings. The 23-year-old right-hander did strike out four, but he also had some control issues with four walks and a hit batter.
It helped that Webster had some runs to work with yesterday as the Red Sox scored eight times. "They helped out a lot, they put up some good runs early," Webster said.
Manager John Farrell liked what he saw, "He had good stuff again today. He pitched himself into a little bit of traffic and yet made a couple of big pitches. I think with each passing start here, he starts to get his feet underneath him. Clearly he's a work in progress."
Catcher Ryan Lavarnway, who has worked with Webster at Pawtucket, added, “That [one inning] could’ve sped up on him, especially as a young pitcher and not a lot of starts in this league, but what good pitchers do is minimize when innings start to go bad. That helped us win the game.”
It looks like Webster will remain in the starting rotation for the time being. However, Webster is the likely candidate to be sent back to Triple-A once Clay Buchholz returns from the disabled list sometime after the all-star break.
But for now, with his first big league win under his belt, it would seem the rookie is on a path towards success in the majors. Webster said, "I feel like each start I'm just getting a little better, a little better and a little better."
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