Andrew Cashner was three innings away from a perfect game before Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Jose Tabata broke it up when he led off the sixth inning with a single to right field on Monday.
Cashner was absolutely rolling through the Pirates line-up before Tabata took a 1-2 pitch to right field. Cashner has five strikeouts through seven innings.
This isn't Cashner's first flirtation with a no-hitter early in his young career. On June 28, 2012, he pitched 6 1/3 innings of no-hit ball in just his third major league start.
Because of Tabata, the Padres are still waiting for their first no-hitter in franchise history. The Padres have been on the wrong end of a no-hitter before, most recently at the hands of Tim Lincecum on July 13.
Cashner is 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA and 119 strikeouts on the year.