Webster turns in another strong start

Dodgers prospect allows only two unearned runs in six frames

By David Heck / Special to MLB.com | June 21, 2012 9:16 PM ET

Allen Webster has had his troubles at Double-A, but the talented young righty appears to be putting it together.

The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect continued his recent run of solid performances Thursday, allowing three hits and two unearned runs over six innings as the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts trumped the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 3-2.

Webster (2-7) struck out two and walked three. Though he threw only 52 of 92 pitches for strikes, he excelled by generating 13 groundouts.

Pensacola's only runs of the game came in Webster's final two frames. In the fifth, Mark Fleury reached on a fielding error by Luis Nunez and later came around to score on a single by Didi Gregorius. One inning later, Andrew Means was hit by a pitch and came home two batters later on a passed ball.

Overall, the Lookouts committed three fielding errors in the game while also allowing two passed balls.

Three relievers combined to finish off the game for Chattanooga, giving up just one hit over three scoreless frames. Logan Bawcom closed the door in the ninth to record his seventh save.

Webster, an 18th-round selection in the 2008 Draft, had been moved to the bullpen earlier this year after a three-start stretch in which he allowed 18 runs in 13 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old right-hander performed well as a reliever, yielding four hits and one run in eight innings.

He has carried that success with him since re-joining the rotation on May 31. In four starts, Webster has surrendered just four earned runs in 21 frames (1.71 ERA).

On the year, the North Carolina native owns a 4.74 ERA with 55 punchouts in 62 2/3 innings. Those numbers represent an improvement over last year, when he compiled a 5.04 ERA in 91 frames for Chattanooga.

Jake Lemmerman led the Lookouts offense by going 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored on Thursday. Matt Wallach and Nick Buss also collected two hits apiece in the win.

David Heck is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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