Andrew Cashner is trying to make a case to be a part of the Padres rotation in 2013. His performance on Friday night did not help his case.
Cashner allowed five runs in the first inning, and the Rockies held on to beat San Diego, 7-4.
The first five Rockies reached base off of Cashner, and Colorado batted around in the first inning. Cashner did get some of his velocity back, hitting 96 MPH on the gun. It did not matter, as the Rockies pounded Cashner for six runs in just 3.2 innings of work.
The Padres got all of their runs in the bottom of the first, when Yonder Alonso slammed a pitch into the left field stands for a grand slam. It was Alonso’s eighth bomb of the year.
San Diego wasted a couple of golden opportunities to score runs. Cameron Maybin led off the fourth inning with a triple. Alexi Amarista and Anthony Bass struck out in consecutive at-bats, and Everth Cabrera popped up a bunt to end the threat. The Padres also stranded two runners in the fifth inning.
Tomorrow, the Padres will honor broadcaster Jerry Coleman with a statue tomorrow. The Padres will attempt to win the second game of the series tomorrow evening.