SAN DIEGO -- Right-hander Andrew Cashner nearly made history in his last start. The recent past hasn't been nearly as good for Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa.
In Wednesday night's third of four games between the clubs at Petco Park (they've split the first two), Cashner will make his first start since his one-hit shutout against the Tigers the last time out. It was the second time in five starts, dating back to last season, where Cashner has flirted with a no-hitter.
The Padres are the only Major League team without a no-hitter.
Cashner is well aware of this fact.
"Totally aware," he said.
Cashner struck out a career-high 11 batters and became the first pitcher in the Majors to throw a shutout when he blanked the Tigers, who, of course, are far from an offensive patsy.
"It's one of my goals," Cashner said after the game. "I definitely want a no-hitter."
The Rockies have given Cashner fits since he joined the Padres in 2012. He's 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in seven games, including four starts.
But with the roll he's currently on -- Cashner has a 1.29 ERA in 21 innings this season -- anything can happen.
"He was incredible. He had the kind of stuff where something special could happen. You saw it right from the beginning," said Padres third baseman Chase Headley.
As for De La Rosa, he has a 9.69 ERA in three starts -- each of which he has lasted just 4 1/3 innings.
De La Rosa has 16 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched, but he has overthrown and run into troubles that have limited his effectiveness and his ability to last in ballgames.
But as is the case with many pitchers, it's nice that De La Rosa gets to take the mound at Petco Park. In seven games, including five starts, De La Rosa has gone 3-1 with a 2.56 ERA in San Diego, and held the Padres to a .195 batting average.
The only pitchers who have pitched 25 or more innings at Petco and have lower batting averages against: Felix Hernandez (.177), Ricky Nolasco (.178), Ubaldo Jimenez (.188) and Clayton Kershaw (.194).
Rockies: Blackmon likely back in the lineup
With the Padres going to a right-hander, left-handed-hitting outfielder Charlie Blackmon can be inserted back into the lineup. Blackmon started against Padres lefty Eric Stults on Monday but sat against harder-throwing lefty Robbie Erlin on Tuesday.
Blackmon, who went 0-for-1 with a walk as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday, has six multihit games in 10 starts and carries a .468 batting average into the contest.
It turns out this is more than just a big start for Blackmon.
On July 8, Blackmon was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs, joining the Rockies in San Diego. With Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler battling injuries, Blackmon played regularly -- and well -- the rest of the year. In fact, Blackmon's .345 batting average since last year's All-Star break is one of the highest in the National League in that time period.
Padres: Watching Grandal
For as well as Yasmani Grandal has played early in the season, manager Bud Black isn't quite to the point where he's going to ask the catcher to work behind the plate for nine innings on consecutive games.
Grandal had surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last August and surprised about everyone -- except for himself -- that he was ready to make the Opening Day roster.
He's appeared in seven games behind the plate, catching eight or more innings on six occasions. He just hasn't done so in consecutive games.
"From what the doctors tell me, it's best that we ration him when we can," Black said.
Grandal caught all nine innings in Monday's 5-4 victory over the Rockies. Nick Hundley got the start at catcher Tuesday.
• Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario's three-hit performance on Tuesday improved his career average against the Padres to .324, with eight home runs and 32 RBIs in 29 games.
• Tuesday night's 3-2 loss was the Padres' first to the Rockies in their last five meetings.
• Padres hitting coach Phil Plantier was ejected from the game by home-plate umpire Jeff Nelson at the end of the fifth inning. It was the Padres' first ejection this season.