Quick Preview for Tuesday’s Padres-Giants battle for 2nd

By Stuart Jones

A day after traveling back from a Sunday Night Baseball contest, going into 13 innings only to lose to the now tied for second place in the NL West Padres, the Giants square up with them again, this time facing familiar foe Andrew Cashner. Here’s what the Padres are dishing out there tonight:

Andrew Cashner, also a fireballer reliever up until April 20th, will be facing the Giants third time this year. Never seeing more than two earned runs allowed in his ten innings of pitching against the G’s, Cashner also threw eight innings against the Braves in their sweep of Atlanta. Tonight’s starter has been seen mixing a four-seam fastball around 94, a sinker at 93, changeup at 84, and slider at 81.

May 17, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (34) prior to the game against the Washington Nationals at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants will include a familiar name in their lineup tonight:

That’s right, Marco Scutaro is back, mallet finger and all. Brandon Crawford can’t find a comfortable seat in the lineup, as he hits sixth tonight.

Jun 1, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro (19) throws out a St. Louis Cardinals base runner during game two of a doubleheader at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Thomas Cain is making his first start at home since May 26th, but Cain’s last two starts against the Diamondbacks and Pirates have been more Matt Cain-like that have included many zeroes on the scoreboard, a higher left on base percentage, and a lower number of baserunners than we’ve seen in starts in St. Louis, Colorado, and Milwaukee (do you guys remember Milwaukee? I don’t remember Milwaukee). Matt Cain has not faced the Padres this year.

Then there’s this, out of the new Cafe @ SF in the outfield:

Finally, now I’ll have something to do when I go to AT&T Park.

Game start is scheduled for 7:15PM PST.