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June 24, 2014

What You Need to Know

Odrisamer Despaigne's Debut

by Daniel Rathman


The Monday Takeaway
The Padres scratched Andrew Cashner from his scheduled Monday start against the Giants and put the hard-throwing right-hander on the disabled list with shoulder soreness. They called up Cuban defector Odrisamer Despaigne, who inked a minor-league pact in May and was sporting a 7.06 ERA in Triple-A El Paso, to take the mound in Cashner’s place. But if the Giants thought missing Cashner was a relief, they had another thing coming.

Despaigne delivered seven innings of shutout ball in the series opener, leading the Padres to a 6-0 victory. He retired the first nine Giants he faced in order, and before he took the mound again in the bottom of the fourth, the Padres had handed the 27-year-old a 3-0 lead.

Everth Cabrera jumpstarted the one-out rally with an infield single, after which Seth Smith singled and Carlos Quentin lined out. With two away, Yasmani Grandal thumped what was initially ruled a home run over the right-field wall but became a ground-rule double when the umpires determined via replay that a fan had reached over and interfered with the play:

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