If you turned off tonight's game after Andrew Cashner gave up two runs and threw a bazillion pitches in the first inning, you could hardly be blamed for that decision. Especially when he gave up another run and passed the fifty pitch mark in the second. But then he bounced back and tossed four scoreless innings. That gave the Padres offense the room they needed to step up and hammer Rockies starter Eddie Butler.
Matt Kemp got the party started in the fourth inning. He picked up the first Friar hit of the evening by driving his eighth homer of the year into the bullpen. Brett Wallace followed that up with his first bomb of the season, which landed about fifteen feet to the left of Kemp's dinger. That brought them within one of the Rockies.
They made up that difference in the sixth. With one out, Jon Jay took one for the team, and then raced around the bases when Wil Myers scorched a double down the third base line. Myers came home to give the team a lead when Wallace doubled to left, and Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI double for an insurance run. A two-out rally in the seventh put the good guys up by three.
The bullpen wrapped up the game with three perfect innings, including a return to form from Kevin Quackenbush.
Cesar Vargas will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is at 12:40 PM.