After dropping two of three games in St. Louis, the Padres continue their road trip in Milwaukee for a four-game set against the Brewers. Andrew Cashner will toe the rubber tonight in the series opener, still seeking his first July win. The righty hasn't recorded a win since June 11th, and the Padres have lost all five of his starts over that stretch. He is coming off two straight losses in which he pitched a combined seven innings while allowing nine runs (eight earned). Cashner has one career start against the Brewers under his belt, though it was a short one. Working under a tight pitch count in June of 2012, he only lasted 2 1/3 innings while giving up one run on two hits. Prior to that, he had made six relief appearances against Milwaukee, and is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA in nine innings overall against them.
Tonight he hopes for a little more help from the Padres offense, who have given him just seven total runs of support during his five-game winless streak. Yonder Alonso will look to continue his 12-game road hitting streak, during which he's hit .333 against opposing pitchers. Carlos Quentin has also been heating up lately, going 6-for-16 with three doubles and a homer (and five RBI) over his last four games.
Tom Gorzelanny will try to keep those two in check as he takes the mound for the Brewers tonight. He'll also try to improve on a 1-3 all-time record in five starts against San Diego. The southpaw is making his third start since being added to the rotation for Milwaukee. He is still looking for his first win as a starter, however, after being the victim of a couple of tough-luck losses. He has allowed four runs, though none of them were earned, while the Brewers only scored a single run to back him. So, like Cashner, he'll be looking for some more support in his start tonight.
He'll also be looking to add on to the Brewers' pitching staff's record of 35 consecutive shutout innings. Milwaukee is coming off a sweep of Miami, whom they held scoreless the entire series. The three consecutive shutouts also matches a franchise record set in 1990.