Sherrill makes progress in past two outings

Sherrill makes progress in past two outings

SAN DIEGO -- Two games does not a trend make, except in the case of struggling Dodgers reliever George Sherrill.

When he retired both batters he faced Wednesday night, after pitching a perfect inning Sunday, it was the first time Sherrill has made back-to-back appearances without allowing a baserunner in almost six weeks.

"It's getting there," said Sherrill, who has had more than a few false starts trying to fight his way out of a season-long slump.

Sherrill has maintained his problems this year are mechanical -- lifting his heel, closing off his shoulder and now separating ball from glove too slowly.

"It's been frustrating trying to pinpoint what's wrong," he said. "When there are three things, that's pretty huge."