As expected, there were plenty of things to like from the sweep of the Padres.
Here are three:
1. Kinley continues stretch of solid relief outings
The right-hander has now held opponents scoreless in 11 of his last 13 appearances. He has a 1.98 earned run average (13.2 IP, 3 ER) in those 13 appearances with three walks and 11 strikeouts. His 27 outings and 28.1 innings out of the bullpen are both top marks on the team.
"“I think with Tyler we have seen recent outings (with) a little bit more consistent strike-throwing, a little bit more consistent ahead in the count,” Black said. “You hear me talk every day about some pitching principles. I think that applied today. The ball-strike ratio was great. He was on the attack with early-count strikes. He was solid. He was good today. He is very capable of that. “When you talk about a nine-man bullpen and you talk about guys contributing and stringing appearances together, Tyler Kinley is pulling his weight,” the manager added."