Less, apparently, is more.
Instead of swinging hard and hoping for the best, the 6-foot-6 Cashner dropped down a push bunt that snuck past Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz, who had trouble getting a grip on the ball. He threw late to first base and Cashner was awarded his first hit -- a bunt single.
"I was actually trying to go down the third base line since he was playing back," Cashner said. "All I was trying to do was get the monkey off my back."
Cashner was hitless in two at-bats with the Cubs in 2010 and then had just one at-bat for them during a season cut short by injury in 2011. Going into Friday's start, he was 0-for-6 with a walk.
Now, Cashner has a batting average (.143), although as he was running to first base, he wasn't entirely sure he was going to make it in time.
"I felt like I was running in quicksand," he said, smiling.