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McKinley reflects after shutout
Cougars pitcher Jayson McKinley didn't use his curveball much on Wednesday, but he didn't really need to.
Even more interestingly, he just learned that pitch this past week.
"I had never done it before," McKinley said. "Not until last start, actually."
McKinley enjoyed a career-best seven strikeouts during his nine-inning, two-hit 6-0 shutout of Beloit.
"To be honest, at the start of the game, I had no thoughts [that] I'm going to go nine [innings Wednesday," McKinley said on Thursday. "I didn't even know they would let me go that long."
Now, he's got another pitch to the mix.
The 24-year-old Houston Texas native said he only threw about five or six of the off-speed pitch, and typically showcases a four-seam fastball, split changeup and slider.
In six starts with the Cougars, McKinley is 4-3 with 40 strikeouts in 50 innings of work.
"I'm happy team-wise that we've got things going in the right direction," McKinley said while mentioning the Cougars' three game win streak from July 22-25. The Cougars' streak was snapped with a 2-1 loss Thursday.
"With myself, you're never satisfied; there's always stuff to improve on. This next outing, there's still things I could've improved on yesterday, and I'm going to try and do that this next time."