Andrew Cashner will make his second start of the season tonight as the Giants make their first trip to San Diego of the season. This will be just the seventh career major league start for Cashner, but he hopes to follow it up with a more permanent role out of the rotation. In a spot start for Clayton Richard last week, Cashner threw 65 pitches in four innings, giving up two runs on two hits. Overall a decent outing, and he'll try to build on it in tonight's rematch against San Francisco and Tim Lincecum.
In his last time out, Lincecum pitched a gem, tossing 6 2/3 shutout innings while striking out eight batters on the way to his second win of the season. In 23 career starts against the Padres, he is 11-5 with a 2.33 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He is 2-0 on the season and has collected 23 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings while averaging 92 pitchers per start.
Lincecum faces a team that has lost five of its last six games, including his start against them last week, which was part of the Giants' three-game sweep of the Padres at AT&T Park. San Diego snapped it's longest losing streak of the season Wednesday night with a win over the Brewers, who had previously won nine in a row. Over their last six games, they have only scored a combined eight runs while hitting .198 as a team. The Giants, on the other hand, are coming off an extra-inning loss that ended their four-game winning streak.