San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner tossed the greatest game of his three-year career Monday night against the Miami Marlins. There is no question the performance is just another reason why Cashner’s career continues to look bright in San Diego.
The 26-year-old allowed just four hits and struck out four batters in a career-high 7 1/3 innings. Cashner converted a dismal 56.7 percent of his 95 pitches for strikes, but 14 of them were first-pitch strikes.
The solid outing came five days after the right-hander gave his worst performance of the season against the Chicago Cubs, the team that traded him to the Padres. Cashner surrendered a season-worst five runs (four earned) on six hits in four innings. He walked a season-high four batters and only managed to strike out one.
“Any time you go out, you want to compete and you want to execute pitches,” Cashner said, according to Padres.com. “I feel like when I was in Chicago, I just didn’t execute pitches. I left too many pitches down the middle.”
Cashner has performed at a very high level in 2013 in which he has allowed two earned runs or less in every single outing, with the exception of the one in Chicago. That is mostly due to the fact that he began the season as a reliever in the bullpen, but was moved to the starting rotation after Padres manager Bud Black made the decision.
“He is throwing the ball well,” Black said on April 2, according to the Chicago Tribune. “He could be in the rotation or the pen, but the long-term plan is as a starter.”
Obviously, the transition has paid off so far. Now, it is just a matter of Cashner being able to continue the standard that he has set for himself as a starter.
The Texas native is 2-2 with a 3.23 earned run average and 24 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings.