Black gushes about Padres' bullpen

Black gushes about Padres' bullpen

LOS ANGELES -- Padres manager Bud Black said on Thursday that he's not tired of talking about his team's bullpen, which only makes perfect sense considering that it's statistically the best bullpen in the Major Leagues.

After relief pitchers Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams and Heath Bell combined for three scoreless innings of relief in Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the Dodgers, the team now has the best bullpen ERA (2.79) in baseball.

The Braves rank second in the Major Leagues with a 3.01 ERA.

"The main thing is they're talented pitchers top to bottom," Black said. "The [bullpen] has remained healthy through the year. The group has remained intact ... and there's a consistency with these guys coming to the ballpark knowing their roles."

On Wednesday, Gregerson set the Major League record for single-season holds (37), surpassing former Padres reliever Scott Linebrink (2006) and former Yankees reliever Tom Gordon (2004).

Bell, by pitching a scoreless ninth inning, earned his career-best 43rd save of the year. Bell has converted his last 30 save opportunities.

Adams is 4-1 with a 1.79 ERA in a career-best 63 games.