While You Were Dressing The Deer. And Drinking: Game 149 (SD vs. PIT)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking and Andrew Cashner was striking fear into the hearts of men. And deer.

Andrew Cashner was brilliant last night allowing just one hit while facing the minimum 27 batters in a complete game shutout. His effort pushed the Padres’ record to 27-26 since the All-Star Break and to 69-80 overall. Forget the guys on offense tonight – this entire post is about Cashner. I included a lot of commentary from the internet last night and I think it captured the feeling that the Padres might just have a special pitcher in Andrew Cashner. I hope someone writes about Cashner’s performance and how it stacks up against others’ in team history. Anyone? Anyone?

Eric Stults takes the hill today against Jeff Locke at 4:05 pm at PNC Park.

Recaps

Cashner flirts with perfection, fires one-hit shutout – George Von Benko [mlb.com]

Two up, two down: Padres 2, Pirates 0 – Jeff Sanders [UT – San Diego]

Quote

“He’s a good, good young pitcher. A power arm — he had a three-pitch mix tonight … breaking ball, changeup — right on right — fastball command,” Hurdle said. “Not only was the stuff sharp, he was very efficient, throwing strikes all night long. There’s more there. Earlier in the season, [he] was dialing it up to three digits. Just a really good start by him.” [Von Benko]

Tweets

“Uhhhhhh, that young man can pitch. And I’ve seen some good ones.”

Pictures

Cash money, yo!

Video

Mothers certainly love their sons. Listen to Jedd Gyorko‘s mom fawn over her little second baseman.

Andrew Cashner loses his bid for a perfect game when Jose Tabata stepped to the plate in the 6th inning. But he went the distance and closed it out.

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  • Lonnie Brownell

    Tried the Game Finder for Pitchers tool at baseball-reference.com to see how many times such a game has happened. Not 100% sure the query is right, but if so, this is only the 17th time a one-hit, nine-inning complete game where the pitcher faced exactly 27 batters since 1916. Assuming that’s correct and there weren’t more than 5 from the 1850’s through 1915, then this is more rare than a perfect game (but less desirable).

    See ’em here: http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/share.cgi?id=hjw1f

    Note that for games after 1948, there’s either a 1 in the CS or GDP column, except for Floyd Bannister’s outing. The game details revealed that MLB Network’s Oracle of Old School, Harold Reynolds, was out at second via an outfield assist, trying to stretch a single into a double.

    The Dodgers and their ancestors are the kings of this odd category, with and astounding five: The LA and Brooklyn Dodgers each have two, and the oldest listed here was by the Brooklyn Robins. The White Sox and Cardinals each have two.

    And now the Padres have one.