TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona ace Brandon Webb's spring is not going as planned.
Webb allowed five earned runs in 4 1-3 innings, giving up ten hits and throwing two wild pitches in the Diamondbacks' 9-8 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.Webb, the 2006 National League Cy Young winner, now has an 8.50 earned run average through 18 innings this spring. He is scheduled to be the Diamondbacks starter on opening day at Cincinnati."Honestly, I'm not where I want to be, definitely not in midseason form by any means," Webb said. "Pitch-count wise I was good. Arm strength wise and conditioning wise. I didn't feel tired."Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer for Arizona, and Conor Jackson went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.Howie Kendrick was 3-for-3 for Los Angeles.In the top of the first, Webb gave up singles to three of the first four Angels he faced. First baseman Casey Kotchman's run-scoring fielder's choice to put Los Angeles up 1-0.The Angels added three more runs in the second on a two-run triple from outfielder Nathan Haynes, and a run-scoring squeeze bunt by Reggie Willits.Webb settled down until the fifth, when Kotchman sliced the Angels deficit to 7-6 with a two-run home run. Kendrick then doubled and Juan Rivera walked, spelling the end of Webb's day."The most important thing was getting him into the 90s so he's ready to go," said Arizona manager Bob Melvin, referring to Webb's pitch count. "I'm not too concerned. He did throw some very good sinkers, and then some that stayed up. But I think he is ready to go."Right-hander Nick Adenhart gave up seven runs and nine hits in four innings for the Angels.Angels outfielder Terry Evans two-run home run off Arizona reliever Conor Robertson in the sixth proved the game-winner.