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September 17, 2013

What You Need to Know

Almost Perfect

by Daniel Rathman


The Monday Takeaway
Pennsylvania played host to two Herculean efforts from pitchers last night, but only one of them benefited a Keystone State team. Andrew Cashner earns the Takeaway slot for coming as close to a perfect game as any Padre ever has. Cliff Lee, who dominated the Marlins on both sides of the ball, gets his due in Quick Hits.

Cashner spent 2010, 2011, and most of 2012 as a reliever, and his start on Monday at PNC Park was the 31st of his big-league career. Not once in the preceding 30 did he record a ninth-inning out, much less blank his foe while doing so.

All of that changed in the series opener between the Padres and Pirates, in which Cashner needed only 97 pitches, 67 of them strikes, to stifle Clint Hurdle’s lineup. The Bucs earned one baserunner, but Cashner promptly erased him with a double-play ball. He faced the minimum in the 2-0 win.

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