Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 1
“The icing on the cake for me as I end my career here with Arizona is to see him win an award,” Gonzalez said, “because I’ve been here since he walked into this locker room.”
Webb is doing his part.
The right-hander threw his second complete game in a row Friday night, a six-hitter in a 5-1 Diamondbacks victory over the Colorado Rockies that made him the National League’s second 16-game winner.
Webb (16-5), coming off a one-hit shutout over St. Louis last Saturday, joined Brad Penny of Los Angeles as 16-game winners in the NL. Webb struck out 10 and walked none. He acknowledged afterward that he thinks about his Cy Young chances.
“It’s something that’s definitely in the back of my mind that I would like to accomplish this year or any other year,” he said. “I definitely want to try my best to win games for the team and hopefully that will get some consideration.”
He went to a three-ball count only once all night in his fifth complete game of the season, most in the National League. After allowing one run in his last 18 innings, Webb has a 2.92 ERA.
Gonzalez drew loud ovations in all four plate appearances one day after being told by Diamondbacks officials that they would not bring him back for a ninth season with Arizona next year. He drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
“To see all the fans with signs and little kids yelling, it makes me feel good not only as a player but as a person,” Gonzalez said. “For God’s sake, I caught a routine fly ball and they were cheering like I dove for it.”
Byung-Hyun Kim (8-11) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings but took the loss.
Webb allowed three straight singles to start the game, then retired 16 in a row before Todd Helton’s ground-rule double to the opposite field with one out in the sixth.
“His changeup looked like it was dropping about four feet,” Colorado’s Brad Hawpe said. “He had everything working tonight.”
In all Webb retired 20 out of 21 from the first to the seventh.
“He’s pitching with some pressure here,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s not like he’s just going out there and finishing up the season. With all that’s riding on this—I’m not going to say what because I can be a superstitious person. To be at this point of time in the season and looking like he’s at his best right now is pretty impressive.”
It was the second great pitching performance the Rockies have faced in a row. San Francisco’s Matt Cain threw a two-hit shutout against Colorado on Thursday.
Stephen Drew tripled, doubled and singled for Arizona but left the game after the sixth inning with tightness in his left groin.
Webb got off to a shaky start. Jamey Carroll and Helton singled to put runners at first and third, then a run scored when Webb threw wildly to first on a pickoff try. Garrett Atkins singled, but the Diamondbacks’ ace got out of the jam without further damage.
That brought up Gonzalez, who drew a standing ovation made longer when Kim, a teammate of Gonzalez on Arizona’s 2001 World Series championship team, paused to tie both shoes. Gonzalez brought home Counsell with a sacrifice fly to left.
Kim was nowhere to be found after the game, so everyone was left to speculate whether he was allowing extra time for Gonzalez to be recognized.
“Knowing BK,” Melvin said, “I think he’s just having trouble with his laces out there. You know he had to get them perfect out there. I don’t know, it’s 50-50 whether or not he’s giving Gonzo a little time or he’s just trying to get himself all tied up nicely.”
Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said Kim had tripped over his shoelace during his delivery in his previous start and probably was making sure it happen again.
“That’s probably the most time I’ve ever seen a pitcher tie up two shoes,” Hurdle said.
Only Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling have more victories than Webb’s 16 in Diamondbacks’ history. … Counsell will meet with general manager Josh Byrnes on Saturday to discuss his status with the club for next season. … Hudson fell to the ground in pain after fouling a pitch off his right knee in the fifth inning, but stayed in the game. … The Rockies have scored one run in their last two games. … Kim is 0-4 against Arizona in his career.