Andrew Cashner provided quite the thrilling warmup for his Tuesday start against San Francisco: a tiebreaking bunt as a pinch hitter in the 13th inning Monday night.
Will Venable made an incredible catch to save San Diego, Cashner drove in the go-ahead run with a perfect safety squeeze, and the Padres extended their season-best winning streak to seven games with a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
''That was pretty cool,'' Cashner said. ''I've never had a game-winning RBI. But if Will Venable doesn't have that catch ... it's one of the best catches I've ever seen.''
Well, he didn't exactly see it live. Cashner was in the batting cage taking swings.
Venable's diving grab on the center-field warning track with his back to home plate ended the 12th and stole a game-winning hit from Juan Perez.
''The wind was funny tonight,'' Padres manager Bud Black said. ''Off the bat, I thought Will was going to run back and catch it, and then it kept carrying.''
Moments later, Alexi A...