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CHC@SD: Stauffer blanks the Cubs through five frames

In the eyes of the record keepers, D-backs starting pitcher Chase Anderson hasn't started since May 17.

But despite what the books say, Anderson hasn't been skipped. His last start -- against the Mets on Friday -- was rained out after 3 1/2 innings, before it could become an official game.

"I walked off the mound and tried to stay warm for 30 to 45 minutes, and then they cancel the game," Anderson said. "Because it didn't go five innings, it's not an official game. So it just vanishes. It's very weird."

Anderson said he knew there was a chance that it might rain during the game and expected a delay at some point. Despite that, before the game was called, Anderson had pitched three shutout innings.

"There are some games where I've given up five or six in the first inning and you wish it would be those days that would be wiped out," he said.

Anderson's first two starts in the big leagues were a mixed bag. In his debut, he went 5 1/3 innings against the White Sox and gave up one run on two hits. He struck out six and walked only one.

In his second game, he also pitched 5 1/3 innings, but he gave up five runs to the Dodgers on seven hits.

He picked up the win in both games.

His third start -- at least his third start that counts -- comes in Wednesday's rubber game against the Padres at Chase Field.

"It's just one of those things where you can't control it, so you just have to go on to the next one," Anderson said. "Hopefully I can repeat the first three innings Wednesday."

Padres: Stauffer stepping up
• In a spot start against the Cubs on May 23, Tim Stauffer was asked to give the Padres about 60 pitches.

He exceeded that, throwing 77 over five scoreless innings in his second win of the season.

His solid performance earned him a chance to start the series finale against the D-backs at Chase Field, which is what Stauffer prefers to do.

"Growing up, in high school, college and the Minor Leagues, I started," he said. "I feel that I can start at this level. I don't mind the bullpen, either. I want to pitch in the Major Leagues."

Stauffer has primarily been used out of the bullpen this season, but he had no problem starting against the Cubs, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out five.

"We felt good about Stauff. We didn't know he'd be able to give us five. He has been out there before. We thought he could handle that," said Padres manager Bud Black after that start against the Cubs. "Giving us five was great. We used our 'pen a little bit last night. We used it tonight.

"We thought it was going to be a short start, so five [innings] was outstanding."

Stauffer has been dependable despite missing all but one game in 2012 due to injury. He has a 3.22 ERA in 366 2/3 innings since 2010, with 80 of his 120 appearances in that time coming out of the bullpen.

D-backs: Goldschmidt consistent in lineup
• On a team that has had to deal with its share of injuries, there has been one player who can be penciled into the lineup day in and day out.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been the rock of Arizona's lineup. He is the only player who has played in all 54 of the team's games.

In those 54 games, he's been the D-backs' most potent offensive threat. He leads the team in batting average (.302), home runs (nine) and on-base plus slugging percentage (.882), among other categories. He is also tied for the Major League lead in doubles (21).

But the D-backs have a rough schedule coming up. They have only one off-day between the series finale against the Padres and June 23.

In that time, manager Kirk Gibson may try to give his slugging first baseman a day to rest.

"He's really good at coming in before and what he does staying right after the game to get recuperated," Gibson said.

Worth noting
• D-backs outfielder Mark Trumbo will hit standing up for the first time since he suffered a stress fracture in his left foot Thursday. Trumbo has been not played since April 21, but he is still second on the club with seven home runs.

• Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin has started two straight games and hasn't been ruled out to start the finale. Quentin previously missed six games due to a groin injury. Comments