"I've been making small adjustments and I think that's helped," Kickham said. "I'm just trying to keep building and learn as much as I can and take something from all of my appearances."
Kickham acknowledged that the changeup Marlon Byrd slugged for a home run shows that there is "still a lot of work to be done."
Manager Bruce Bochy complimented Kickham on saving the bullpen from being taxed too much this week.
"He threw real well [Wednesday] and got some pitches up in the last couple innings," Bochy said. "He's getting better and better and is using all his pitches well."
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