Pictured: Webb delivers for the St. Louis Cardinals in Tuesday nights game against Milwaukee. Courtesy of MLB.com.
Eastern Shore native Tyler Webb has officially notched his first win in Major League Baseball in Tuesday’s 9-4 triumph against the Brewers
According to an article on MLB.com, Webb said he was excited to get the first win but even more excited he survived the celebration.
“All I will say is, you get in the laundry cart and you go in the shower and they throw various liquids at you,” Webb said. “It’s more fun for the people that are not in the laundry cart. It’s cool that they’re celebrating you, but they enjoy doing that, while you’re just trying to get through it.”
The “liquids” he referenced are anything and everything that his teammates could find.
“You don’t really want to keep your eyes open for that,” Webb said.
Webb, who struck out Ben Gamel swinging to end the top of the sixth inning before the Cardinals scored four in the bottom of the frame, downplayed the milestone. But what hasn’t been downplayed is Webb’s impact this season for the Cardinals’ bullpen. He pitched a scoreless eighth inning in the Cardinals’ rain-shortened, 5-3 loss to the Brewers on Thursday.
After giving up three runs on four hits against the Giants on July 6, Webb was demoted to Triple-A Memphis. But since being recalled on July 21, Webb has a 0.71 ERA in 12 2/3 innings over 13 outings and has began to be used in higher-leverage situations, taking some of the load off left-hander Andrew Miller, or allowing Cardinals manager Mike Shildt to use both Webb and Miller.
Webb looks at his success as nothing more than doing his job, which is getting outs and helping the Cardinals win.
“I think it’s just you’re in one of those grooves and you keep it going,” Webb said. “You do little things to get better every day, just keep it as simple as possible is what I’m trying to do. You stick to your strengths and what you do well. Try not to worry too much about the individual hitter. If you execute, good things will happen.”