Any time a member of the San Diego Padres pitching staff gets their name mentioned in the same sentence with Randy Jones, they know they have done something in the scheme of Padres’ baseball lore.
That is where Andrew Cashner finds himself today after his seven inning, one run performance last night in the 2-1 San Diego win over the Seattle Mariners. That start, according to Yahoo!’s latest Padres team report, gave Cashner a portion of a record that has stood for 26 years.
Beginning with an 8 inning win against the Braves at Petco on June 11 of last year, Cashner has now gone 14 straight starts at home allowing two or fewer earned runs. That matches the mark set by Jones from September 2, 1977 to June 24th 1978. Ironically, neither Jones nor Cashner wound up with a winning record over the remarkable stretches two and a half decades apart. Jones did manage a .500 mark of 5-5, better than Cashner’s 4-5 mark over his 14 straight games. Lets here it for San Diego team offense through the years right?
Away from the history made by Cashner, the Padres’ ace is still making his mark in the here and now as well. As Yahoo! points out, Cashner not only has the longest streak of any NL start without allowing a home run(45), he has also compiled a baseball wide best 1.79 ERA since August 19 of last year.
Home, road, pre-DL, post-DL, Andrew Cashner is certainly providing fans at least one thing to look forward to every five days.