While it's pretty difficult to follow up a one-hit, complete game shutout, Andrew Cashner still excelled on the mound tonight. The ace lowered his ERA to 1.27 for the young season, allowing just a single earned run over 7.1 innings. It wasn't his cleanest game, as he also allowed 9 hits, but he had backup from his offense. The Padres hit Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa for 3 runs while picking up a fourth run off Tommy Kahnle just for good measure.
Things didn't start as well as they finished, with Justin Morneau taking Cashner deep to right field in the top of the second. That was the last lead the Rockies would get, as Tommy Medica immediately responded with a home run of his own. The game would stay tied until the bottom of the fifth. Alexi Amarista singled, moved to first on a bunt from Cashner, and then went on to third courtesy of Everth Cabrera's single. He scored on a passed ball, but didn't need the help. He would have scored ahead of Cabrera on Chris Denorfia's double to right. Amarista and Cashner would repeat the process in the bottom of the seventh, before Amarista scored again on Denorfia's RBI single.
A leadoff single from Carlos Gonzalez in the top of the eighth turned a little dangerous when Cashner tried to pick him off. He blew the throw, allowing CarGo into scoring position with nobody out. A ground out from Troy Tulowitzki moved him to third, and then he scored on Justin Morneau's sacrifice fly.
That was where things ended, as Joaquin Benoit wrapped up the eighth and Huston Street picked up his fifth save of the season. With the series split guaranteed, Ian Kennedy will try to pick up the series win and bring the team's record back up to .500. First pitch at 3:40 PM. If you make it out to the park, you'll be able to hear the sweet sounds of Bobby Cressey on the organ.
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