"It's not going to change my job if I give up a run," the Indians reliever said.
Since his Major League debut on June 4, Herrmann has been nearly perfect doing his job. He has made seven appearances, tossing 6 1/3 scoreless innings while giving up just three hits. The stretch has come on the heels of a promotion from Triple-A Columbus, where he did not give up a run in his last 18 appearances. He gave up just 13 hits during that span. The only run he allowed came in his first appearance of the season on April 8.
Between his time in Columbus and Cleveland, Herrmann has pitched 33 2/3 consecutive innings without surrendering a run.
"That's amazing, actually," reliever Chris Perez said. "You don't see that stuff in college or anywhere. He's been in a good little groove and he's got a good head on his shoulders.
"You guys keep asking him about it, and he's trying to not think about it, obviously. It's a great story for him. He spent a while in the Minors, and [he's] getting his chance now and he's doing the job, so I'm very happy for him."
On Friday, with the Indians leading the Pirates, 4-3, with two outs in the seventh, the right-handed Herrmann was called on to face Ronny Cedeno. Ryan Church, the potential tying run, was at third. Herrmann fell behind 2-0.
"I threw him a slider to show him something different, because pretty much every time I've thrown this year, I went first-pitch fastball," Herrmann said. "So I went with a slider just to throw his timing off a little bit. I have confidence that I can throw the ball in the zone, so if I fall behind 2-0, it's not really a concern."
Four fastballs followed, the last of which landed safely into the glove of Trevor Crowe on Cedeno's flyout to center. The inning was over, and the Indians went on to snap a four-game slide while Herrmann kept his streak alive.
Not that it means much to him.
"Then I'll just try to start another streak the next time," Herrmann said. "One pitch at time. If I do that, it really makes my job a lot easier."