Tim Stauffer pitched 8 innings of scoreless baseball, while only allowing 4 hits and recording 8 strike outs. He also added to the Padres lead in the 5th inning with an RBI single.
In the 8th, Bud Black visited the mound when Stauffer was faced with two base runners and the game on the line. Black chose to let him remain in the game and finish the inning, with a slap to the butt added to emphasize his confidence in him. It was a butt slap that sent Padres fans into a tizzy and gave me a tingle in my own butt.
As impressive as his start was, it didn't compare to his post game interview. He didn't flinch or break stride as he continued to answer questions and provide analysis while getting a bucket of ice water poured down his back and towel of shaving cream rubbed in his face. It was just another example of his intense focus that was on display all night.
|Final - 6.7.2011||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
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|WP: Tim Stauffer (2 - 4)
SV: Heath Bell (17)
LP: Ubaldo Jimenez (1 - 6)
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