May 15, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; San Diego Padres right fielder Will Venable (25) congratulates relief pitcher Andrew Cashner (34) after the final out against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The Padres defeated the Nationals 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE
What started out as a pretty close game last night turned into a Brewers run-fest. Our Padres tried to keep things exciting, but came up short in their attempt at a rally, and Milwaukee took the first game of the series 9-5. Today, with yet another new starting pitcher on the mound, we will try to put together more runs and even up the series.
Andrew Cashner will become the 11th different starting pitcher to take the mound for San Diego this season. Formerly having the role of eighth inning specialist out of the bullpen, Cashner is now being moved into the rotation in place of Eric Stults, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury. Cashner isn't expected to go very deep into the game. According to Bud Black, they'll keep an eye on his pitch count going into the third inning and see how it goes from there. Cashner has a 3-3 record as a reliever this season. Now he has the opportunity to return to the role of a starter, which he is used to, having spent most of his career in the minors as a starting pitcher. If he does well today, he will start conditioning his arm back in the minors and possibly come back up to join the rotation in a more permanent role later in the season.
Our offense has seemed to pick up the production lately, scoring at least three runs in their last four consecutive games. They will try to keep up that production and give Cashner some run support today. Everth Cabrera has had a great couple of games in a row and will try to keep that momentum going. Chase Headley and Logan Forsythe have also seen some success lately. Carlos Quentin, who has continued to impress since his return from the DL, is out of the starting lineup today, but Will Venable will be making his first start since straining his right oblique on Sunday and will be batting leadoff. Also, Mark Kotsay will make the start in left and bat third.
Today our offense will face 26-year-old right-hander Michael Fiers. He is making his third start of the season, and of his career. He saw success in his major league debut, allowing only one run through seven innings against the Dodgers. However, he gave up four runs in five innings against the Pirates his last time out. He will try to limit his mistakes against our Padres, who have been better at capitalizing on mistakes in recent games.
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!