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Pitching was the name of the game in Saturday’s win as well. It was the Andrew Cashner show at Petco Park. While donning the classic brown uniforms, the Padres gave Cashner just enough offense to get the win. He also helped his own cause, reaching base all three times he appeared at the plate including a triple. Cashner also pitched very well, completing 8 innings, striking out 7 and only allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. Kevin Quackenbush finished the job in the 9th with his 5th career save.
Rene Rivera was instrumental in the Padres win. In the 6th inning, Rivera doubled home 2 runs to put the Padres up 3-0. That would be the difference in the game as the Giants scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th before Quackenbush came in to shut the door. Without Rivera’s clutch hit, the Padres could have just as easily lost this game. At one point in the game, Cashner retired 15 Giants in a row.