MILWAUKEE -- The question has come up after each one of Tyler Thornburg's six quality starts with the Milwaukee Brewers this season: How did this guy go 0-9 in Triple-A?
Thornburg worked six scoreless innings and allowed just two hits Wednesday in Milwaukee's 7-0 victory over Chicago, lowering his ERA in six starts to 1.25.
He's been asked frequently what the difference has been between the pitcher who had a 5.79 ERA in Triple-A and the one who has been a model of consistency in the big leagues. Nobody has been able to provide an explanation or a theory as to what's changed until Wednesday.
"I think just mentally you realize how much something matters up here," Thornburg said. "I think I was a little upset being in Triple-A. Honestly, I was kicking myself a little bit too much. I was doing things that I necessarily wouldn't do normally, as far as trying to throw different pitches and trying to develop a couple of pitches. It just got me into trouble. Then up here I've stuck with ...