Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Stauffer redux

Tim Stauffer's clutch assist on Monday recalled a late-season performance from Stauffer in 2006, also against the visiting Dodgers, also featuring an extra speedy fastball. Summoned hastily from Triple-A Portland to replace Chan Ho Park, who suffered from gastrointestinal bleeding, Stauffer flew to San Diego on game day, got to the ballpark about two hours before first pitch and began by retiring 10 consecutive batters. Dodgers hitters were often tardy, likely because Stauffer was clocking 92-94 miles-per-hour, about 2-4 beyond his norm that year. "The power of adrenaline," marveled Bruce Bochy a day later. Stauffer lasted six innings and allowed only one earned run, far more than the Padres expected from the finesse right-hander who lugged a 5.07 ERA from the Pacific Coast League to San Diego. It was Stauffer's only major league outing all year, and it was as important as any start that season for a Padres club that would win the National League West.

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