Pitching and Hitting Finally Sync in Win


Apr 11, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley (7) hits an RBI double during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

We have been saying it for a few days now: if the good pitching and good hitting that the Padres have had sporadically the past several games can sync together on the same day, it would be a sight to behold. Friday night was it. And against the formidable Tigers no less. Andrew Cashner pitched an absolute masterpiece, Picasso or Da Vinci would have been proud. He made the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler look silly. Cashner finished the 1-hit shutout with 11 K’s. He was a few inches, or a longer glove for Gyorko away from a no-hitter. The first one in Padres history.

Another good sign was that there was a Chase Headley sighting. He was 2 for 4 with a double and his first HR of the year, and 3 RBI. Everth Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 4 games. He has hit in 8 of the 10 games this year, with an average of .350.  Jedd Gyorko also seemed to swing better, hitting an RBI triple. Yonder Alonso also had a nice double to get over the dreaded Mendoza line.

Things are looking up for the Friars. A big win against a big team. They move to 4-6 on the year. And more importantly, for the first time all year, the Padres have won consecutive games. There is good mojo for the Padres heading into the weekend and the homestand. Here’s to the Padres syncing up the pitching and hitting more often!