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Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-05-27

Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-05-27
Right-hander Max Scherzer ran his streak of consecutive batters retired as a relief pitcher to 17 by inducing a ground ball to the only man he faced in the sixth inning Sunday before Atlanta's Kelly Johnson led off the seventh inning with a single.

Opponents have not gotten a runner past second base off Scherzer in his three relief appearances, two of which came against Atlanta over the weekend, after he was moved to the bullpen to make room in the rotation for left-hander Doug Davis.

Scherzer has given up two singles and a walk in his eight relief innings, with 12 of his 24 outs on strikeouts. The Turner Field radar gun clocked Scherzer's fastball at 97 mph in his 2 2/3 innings of relief Monday, when he struck out four of the 10 he faced and also started a double play.

Scherzer, 23, threw 4 1/3 innings of perfect relief in his major league debut April 29 against Houston, striking out seven of the 13 men he faced.

He is 0-2 with a 1.96 ERA in six appearances, losing two of his three starts while Davis worked his back to health following surgery to remove a cancerous thyroid on April 10.

Scherzer did not give up an earned run in his last two starts covering 11 innings, but was changed with a defeat in his last start May 17, when he gave up two unearned runs in a 3-2 loss to Detroit.

BRAVES 7, DIAMONDBACKS 3: Right-hander Brandon Webb gave up 10 hits for the first time since July 5, 2007, a span of 24 starts, as the D-backs fell to 2-5 on their road trip to Florida and Atlanta. Second baseman Orlando Hudson had a two-run home run after tying a franchise record with three doubles Sunday. Atlanta scored three unearned runs in the second inning off Webb, a rally set up when third baseman Mark Reynolds threw wildly to third base on an attempted sacrifice bunt with runners on first and second and no one out.

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Added: May 27, 2008

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