Last night's 8-1 victory over the Diamondbacks was a great little sample of when things for A.J. Preller's 2015 Padres are clicking. Dominate pitching and hot bats; winning ingredients for any baseball team. Today, though, Andrew Cashner and the lineup couldn't find a way to emulate last night's success.
Ca$h took the mound today against Jeremy Hellickson. Cashner's last start saw him giving up 5 earned runs in only 5 innings. Hellickson's mirrored his last start, going 6 innings only giving up 2 earned runs. But today, all Cash's 7 conceded runs (only three earned) came early in a dumpster-fire of a second inning.
He would only go on to finish the fourth inning, after newcomer Brett Wallace pinch hit for him and turned his at-bat into a two-out RBI-double. How about that Pat Murphy, eh? By the way, that was Wallace's first hit in the majors since 2013.
In addition to Wallace's run-production, a lone Matt Kemp sacrifice fly would be the only other time the Friar's would get on the board. The Padres outhit the Dbacks 8 to 4, but left a whopping 12 on base, striking out 8 times. Each team's pitching relief efforts held strong. Not much to report from either team, with a second inning that features 11 of the opposing team's players getting to the plate and batting around.
With Cashner not getting the memo, we look to Odrisamer Despaigne hoping to give Padres fans a successful start to kick off the series in San Francisco. He'll be throwing against some dude name Marilyn Bungchomper, or something like that. Despy usually dominates the Giants, so fingers crossed.
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