Tim Hudson is just going great right now, and when the Braves needed him to he stepped up and gave them eight innings of shutout baseball, saving the day and (with the Phillies actually losing for once, to the Mets, 1-0, on a home run by… Jeffy!) a scant amount of breathing room.
Hudson took a perfect game into the fifth, most of that time with the usual lack of run support. Infante singled leading off the game, then was thrown out trying to steal on a Heyward strikeout… right before a Chipper double. In the second, Hinske was hit by a pitch, but AAG struck out and Glaus grounded into a double play. I mean, we’ve seen all this before, they need some new material.
In the fourth, Heyward led off with a double, but couldn’t score on Chipper’s shallow single to follow. McCann‘s groundout only moved Chipper to second, and after Hinske was intentionally walked, Gonzalez flew out. Here we go again… except that Glaus singled in two runs. I have no idea where that came from. Ankiel
singled doubled in Hinske to make it 3-0, and it was up to Hudson to hold it from there.
He did. Buster Posey broke up the perfect game with a leadoff single in the fifth, but Hudson got a double play to erase him. Sandoval led off the sixth with a hit but was erased the same way. The Giants actually got the tying run to the plate in the seventh with a two out walk and HBP (oh, boy, we’ve been there before) but Hudson stranded them. A leadoff double in the eighth from Pat Burrell didn’t produce anything either. Wagner decided not to mess around with any of these infielders in the ninth, and just struck out the side.