Webb starts to make headway in AFL

Webb starts to make headway in AFL

Webb starts to make headway in AFL
Travis Webb was used mostly as a reliever in 2011, making all but five of his 37 appearances out of the bullpen. A month into his Arizona Fall League experience, he finally seems to be adjusting to starting again.

The Reds farmhand allowed three hits over 3 2/3 shutout innings Wednesday, earning the win as the Phoenix Desert Dogs blanked the Scottsdale Scorpions, 5-0.

The outing marks Webb's longest in the Arizona Fall League this year and the first in which he held his opponent scoreless. The 27-year-old left-hander lowered his ERA from 6.75 to 5.17 with the effort.

Selected in the eighth round of the 2006 Draft, Webb posted a 4.41 ERA in 69 1/3 innings at Double-A this season. He struck out 89 and walked 36.

Four relievers combined to keep the Scorpions off the scoreboard for the final 5 1/3 innings, surrendering just four hits. Toronto's Evan Crawford fanned three over two frames.

Blue Jays prospect Kevin Ahrens started the scoring in the first inning by smacking a two-out bases-loaded double that plated Brodie Greene (Reds). Scottsdale outfielder Tyson Gillies (Phillies) and starter Sammy Solis (Nationals) both made throwing errors on the play, allowing Rob Segedin (Yankees) and Ahrens to cross home as well.

The Desert Dogs tacked on two more in the fourth on a throwing error by Derek Norris (Nationals) and an RBI single by No. 2 Blue Jays prospect Anthony Gose to finish off the scoring for the evening. Neither team was able to string together multiple hits in the subsequent 5 1/3 innings.

Gose, Ahrens and Greene all ended the game with two hits, as did Toronto catcher Yan Gomes. Ahrens was the only one on the team to record an extra-base hit.

The Phillies' Darin Ruf led the Scottsdale offense by going 2-for-2 with a walk, while Giants first-rounder Joe Panik also collected a pair of hits. Bryce Harper, MLB.com's No. 2 prospect, went 1-for-4 with a double to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. The Nationals outfielder is batting .308 with six homers and 24 RBIs in 20 AFL contests.

David Heck is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.