Pitching sinks the Padres on Memorial Day

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner wipes his face after giving up a two-run home run to Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 30, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Andrew Cashner, who has struggled to finish his starts strong this season, pitched 5 nearly-perfect innings for the San Diego Padres on Monday before quickly giving up 4 runs in the 6th inning and a lead that San Diego would never get back.

The Seattle Mariners scored 5 more runs against Brandon Maurer in the 8th inning, and that was all they needed for a 9-3 Memorial Day win over the visiting Padres. They got a good outing from their starting pitcher, Nathan Karns, who gave up just 2 earned runs in 6.2 innings.

Wil Myers and Christian Bethancourt were the only Padres to finish with more than 1 hit in the game, while Yangervis Solarte and Derek Norris finished hitless in the affair.

In the end, this was an all-too-predictable start for Andrew Cashner, who will be a free agent after this season. Once he ran into trouble in the 6th, he really melted down and allowed the big inning to hurt him. That is why the one-time hot prospect is now 2-5 with an ERA of 4.79.

The Padres have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games, are 20-32 on the season, and are 2.5 games back from 4th place in the NL West (and 11.5 games back from 1st place). They’ll take on the Mariners in Seattle again tomorrow before two games against the Mariners in San Diego this week.

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