The Padres desperately needed their ace to come through in the clutch with a big start Tuesday night in Los Angeles. Not only did Andrew Cashner answer the bell for the Friars, he also added a pair of runs driven in at the plate, and he led the San Diego Padres to a victory for the first time in the past seven games, by a final score of 6-3. While the Padres were outhit 11-8, they made the most of their opportunities to push half a dozen runs across the dish against Roberto Hernandez and a slew of Dodgers’ relievers. In reality, the artist formerly known as Fausto Carmona allowed 5 of the 6 Padres’ runs, with Jamey Wright allowing the other, but the Dodgers did have five relievers make an appearance Tuesday night.
September call-up Cory Spangenberg is making his case to be the future hot corner occupant for the Padres, as he continues to swing a hot bat. He went 2-for-5, with a double and an RBI. Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-4 with his 10th home run of the season, along with a pair of runs driven in. Yasmani Grandal also chipped in a pair of hits himself.
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The big story Tuesday night however, was Cashner. While tossing 7 strong innings, striking out a pair, his only mistake was a long home run to former Padres’ star Adrian Gonzalez in the 6th inning, which plated two Dodgers. Cashner hit a two-run double of his own, and later came around to score a run as well, so the bomb actually put him even in personal run differential. Relievers Dale Thayer and Kevin Quakenbush each pitched an inning to close out the victory.
In Wednesday’s series finale, a pair of former rotation mates from their days in Arizona with the Diamondbacks will square off with the series on the line. For the Padres, Ian Kennedy (10-12, 3.75 ERA) attempts to move closer to .500 on the season. His former teammate, Dan Haren (12-10, 4.10 ERA) will attempt to slam the door for the Dodgers. First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. PDT.
Keep the Faith.