In Cashner's first start of the week Monday, he notched his second shutout of the season -- and third of his career -- by blanking the Phillies. He struck out seven and walked one, needing just 92 pitches in the two-hitter.
By doing so, Cashner became one of just four active pitchers to have thrown three or more shutouts in his first 50 career Major League starts (Derek Holland, Jaime Garcia and J.A. Happ). The 92 pitches were also the second lowest for a Padres hurler in a shutout (Clay Hensley in 2006).
As an encore, Cashner held the Giants to two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts. He improved to 4-2 with a 1.93 ERA in six starts since returning from the disabled list on August 23.
Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.