Tim Hudson’s first start back went as well as could possibly be expected. Well, there was the over three-hour rain delay before the game, but once he got startedd, signs were encouraging. He allowed two runs in the first, but they weren’t entirely his fault, as Infante couldn’t make the play on a fly ball that wound up a double. It was 2-1 after the first (Chipper hit into a run-scoring GIDP in the first). The Braves rallied to take the lead in the third, Hudson getting things started with a leadoff walk and scoring on a balk, with McCann driving in the go-ahead run with a long double after a long AB.
Hudson was sharp through five, getting five strikeouts and walking only one, and throwing nearly twice as many strikes as balls. He hit a wall in the sixth, though. After getting the first out, he gave up a double, then walked the next two to load the bases. Moylan came in and got a double play to get out of it.
Medlen had no trouble at all in the seventh, striking out two. The Braves got a run in the eighth when Chipper walked, went to second on a single by McCann, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on an infield single by ACHE, who once again was left in to face a lefty even though he was going to leave the game for defense anyway. Gonzalez allowed a hit in the eighth, but struck out two. Then Soriano came in.
Remember how well it worked when Bobby was matching up Soriano and Gonzalez? Can’t he go back to that? Soriano, who is obviously still not right, allowed a leadoff homer, then walked the next man. He rallied with a strikeout and then a GIDP. It’s not comfortable relying on him now.
I’m going to let this stand as the game thread.