06/07 Padres Preview: Game 62 vs. Nationals

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Despite everything everyone has to be angry about with the Padres over the past few weeks, tonight we have something to celebrate. Andrew Cashner will be back on the mound at Petco Park to take on the Nationals in game 2 and try to even up the series.

Cashner missed more than three weeks with a sore elbow, but thankfully his recovery was relatively quick. His last outing on May 13 was a strong insistency the Reds. He tossed seven innings of one-run ball but didn't factor into the decision. It'll be nice to have our ace back in the rotation. In eight of his nine starts this season he's limited opponents to two earned runs or less. However, he's 0-4 in his last five appearances. He is also winless while posting a 9.00 ERA in his last two against the Nationals. On April 26th, he gave up four runs (two earned) in a loss at Washington. Tonight he's tasked with facing a Nats team that has won five straight (a season high) and roughed up Padres pitching for six runs last night.

Washington will the ball to rookie Blake Treinen for his third major league start. He's pitched well in his first two, posting a 1.69 ERA, but only got a total of one run from his offense, resulting in an 0-2 record to begin his ML career. He also pitched out of the bullpen last Friday, putting up two scoreless innings against the Rangers.

Get out your duck calls and tune in for Cashner's return at 7:10 PDT.

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