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Daily Friar 9.17.13 

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If you missed yesterday’s game, then you missed near perfection by Padres starter Andrew Cashner. He pitched his first career complete game, struck out seven, walked zero, and gave up only one hit after retiring the first 18 Pirates he faced. If that isn’t impressive enough for you, he also stole second base in the seventh inning before scoring from second on a Jedd Gyorko single later in the inning. Folks, in case you haven’t figured it out yet, Cashner is not just a pitcher, he is a complete ballplayer. Our beloved Mark Grant preaches that the pitcher is the best athlete on the field. That isn’t always the case, but when Cashner is on the mound, it’s tough to argue against him.

For today’s match-up at PNC Park, it is a southpaw showdown. Padres starter Eric Stults will take the rubber against young Pirates starter Jeff Locke. Tune-in at 4:05 PT to catch the game.

This Date in Padres History: September 17, 2005

“Trailing 5 – 0 with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, the Padres shock the Nationals by tying the score thanks to Khalil Greene‘s first career grand slam. San Diego wins, 8 – 5, as Ramon Hernandez belts a three-run walk-off homer with two out in the bottom of the 12th.” – Baseball-Reference

Padres News:

Cashner flirts with perfection, fires one-hit shutout – George Von Benko of MLB.com

Preview of today’s game – ESPN

Kotsay earns Padres’ Clemente Award nomination – Corey Brock of Padres.com

Byrnes talks progress, future of present roster, part I – Glen Miller of The Friarhood

NL West Scores Yesterday:

Cardinals 2, Rockies 6. W: Bettis (1-3) L: Rosenthal (2-4)

Dodgers 1, Diamondbacks 2. W: Cahill (7-10) L: Ryu (13-7) S: Ziegler (11)

NL West Games Today:

Giants at Mets 4:10 PT
Petit (3-0, 2.53) vs. Wheeler (7-5, 3.22)

Cardinals at Rockies 5:40 PT
Kelly (8-4, 2.87) vs. Nicasio (8-7, 4.58)

Dodgers at Diamondbacks 6:40 PT
Greinke (14-3, 2.74) vs. Corbin (14-6, 2.92)

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About the author: Brad Beattie

San Diego born and raised. Love the Padres, the Chargers, and all things (for the most part) San Diego. Will continue to follow San Diego sports through both the ups and down, and I hope to hear your opinions as you follow them too.