WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 05: Pitching coach Darren Balsley (R) talks with starting pitcher Andrew Cashner #34 of the San Diego Padres on the mound during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
The Padres got SS Everth Cabrera back from the disabled list. At this point it feels like they could add Miguel Cabrera, Melky Cabrera and Asdrubal Cabrera, and still not win a game.
Everth went 0-5 against the Nationals, and the Padres lost 8-5 in Washington, running their losing streak to seven games.
Starting pitcher Andrew Cashner got pulled after allowing five runs in 2-plus innings. Cash had gone at least six innings in 10 straight starts, and had not allowed more than four runs in any of them.
Cashner was undone by a disastrous second inning, where he allowed five runs on four hits and two walks. It was so bad, he even hit opposing pitcher Gio Gonzalez in the chest with a pitch when Gonzalez was trying to sacrifice bunt (Gio stayed in the game and threw 6.2 innings, allowing three runs and striking out five).
If there's a silver lining, it's the Padres scored five runs. They'd scored just seven runs in their previous six losses combined. Chase Headley doubled and homered, driving in two runs. Carlos Quentin also hit a 3-run home run, tying Will Venable for the team lead with 10.
On Saturday the Padres have to deal with Nationals starter Jordan Zimmerman, who leads the National League with 12 wins. On Sunday, Stephen Strasburg is waiting.
Isn't that just awesome news!