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Brach focusing on making quality pitches

Brach focusing on making quality pitches

Brach focusing on making quality pitches
LOS ANGELES -- In the Minor Leagues, it was all too easy for Padres reliever Brad Brach to keep track of his success.

All he had to do was count his number of saves -- 112 of them, to be exact.

In his current role with the Padres, Brach's focus is squarely on making quality pitches and getting outs.

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Brach, who turned 26 on Thursday, hasn't allowed a run in his last two outings, permitting just one hit in 1 2/3 innings against the Dodgers and D-backs. That followed a rough outing on Opening Day when Brach allowed a two-run home run to Matt Kemp.

Brach has handed out three walks in those last two outings, though he thinks he's found a fix to that working with pitching coach Darren Balsley.

"I think I'm right there. I think I have been trying to be too fine, instead of just letting it go and trying to throw everything to the black," Brach said. "[Balsley] tells me that I'm a strike thrower, so that will take care of itself.

"We made a change the other day that I think is going to help me and will keep me in line a little more, being able to throw it straighter instead of cutting it."

Brach admits to making a mistake not uncommon with young pitchers -- occasionally getting caught up in trying to be too fine with his pitches.

"I'm trying to make the perfect pitch instead of a good pitch," Brach said.

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