#1) 4/11/2014- Andrew Cashner shuts out the Detroit Tigers.
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The top spot on our list belongs to former Padre, Andrew Cashner. His April start received a Game Score of 94, according to Baseball Reference, in front of 30,000 fans on a Friday night at Petco.
San Diego defeated Detroit, 6-0, behind a complete game, one-hitter by Cashner. He walked only two and struck out 11, using just 108 pitches to complete the feat.
A lineup consisting of Everth Cabrera, Seth Smith, Chase Headley, Chris Denorfia, and other names notable only to Padres’ fans, supported Cashner with six runs on 13 hits. Headley’s 2-4 day consisted of a double, home run, and three RBIs. Just a few weeks later, he would be traded to the New York Yankees.
Cashner needed just 108 pitches to complete his shutout, one of the fewest number of pitches needed to ever throw a shutout at Petco Park. The only other pitchers to throw fewer pitches were A.J. Griffin (Texas), Ismael Valdez (SD), and Jeff Samardzija (SF). Cashner holds the record for fewest pitches thrown in a shutout, using 92 pitches in his September 2014 start, the first game we discussed above.
There you have it, the top five pitching performances by San Diego Padres pitchers at Petco Park. With so many elite pitching prospects working their way through the minors, you can’t help but imagine that many of them will appear on this list, eventually. Until then, having Andrew Cashner as the top name on the list tells you a lot about the recent success of this franchise over the last few years.