ST. LOUIS -- It's certainly not unusual for a pitcher to be a bit sore the day following a start, though Tim Stauffer's dilemma on Friday was a little different, his aches and pains a little abnormal.
In a three-pitch span Thursday, the Padres' starting pitcher was hit by batted balls hit up the middle.
"You don't see that often," Padres manager Bud Black said.
The first one was by Cardinals leadoff hitter Skip Schumaker, who bounced a ball off the inside of Stauffer's left knee. He recovered to throw Schumaker out at first base. Two pitches later, Jon Jay bounced a ball up the middle and off the outside of Stauffer's right knee.
The ball caromed into foul territory near first base where Adrian Gonzalez couldn't quite get a handle on it in time to get an out.
"It would have been a bang-bang play," Stauffer said.
Stauffer admitting to being a little sore Friday, but said, "It wasn't too bad. If I had sat for a long time, I might have cramped up."