After solidly beating the Cubs 7-1 on the road last night, our Padres will try to keep the momentum going when they become host to Chicago tonight. Andrew Cashner will get his final preseason start before he pitches the regular-season opener in San Diego on Sunday.
Cashner hadn't allowed a run all Spring up until his most recent outing, when things fell apart for him (with the help of some defensive struggles). The Giants tagged him for eight runs, though only half were earned, on nine hits (matching his previous total through four starts) and a walk (his only one this Spring) his last time out, going 3 2/3 innings against San Francisco. He has collected eight strikeouts in 12 2/3 total innings, not counting his appearance in a minor league game where he pitched 5 2/3 frames of one-run ball.
Leading the Cubs' split-squad against the Padres will be C.J. Edwards, who was acquired from the Rangers as part of the Matt Garza trade last Summer. The Top-100 prospect and reigning minor league pitcher of the year is making his Cactus League debut in Peoria tonight after going 8-2 in 24 starts with a 1.86 ERA in 2013, splitting time in single-A affiliates for both Texas and Chicago.
Tonight's game will be available for your listening pleasure on The Mighty 1090, Gameday Audio, and At-Bat. Tune in at 7:05 pm, but join us on GLB an hour earlier.