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Hudson Reclaims First

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This is not the Tim Hudson that pitched so well for years in Oakland. No, this is a better Hudson who improved his record when he gets four or more runs to 99-4 in his career and vaulted the Braves back up into first place in the NL East. Chipper Jones got the Braves started early with a two-run blast on the first offering he saw from Mike Pelfrey, and that is all Hudson would need through his 8 masterful shutout innings (Soriano would need a bit more), allowing only 5 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 3. The best sign for Hudson was his 15 ground outs to only 6 fly ball outs that he got today. He got ahead in the count and everyone was pounding his sinker right into the ground. Hudson's ERA, 0.62, is now only 3 points below Ryan Langerhans' batting average, and after today he has 1 more extra base hit than Langerhans. Even with a 9th inning rally to score three runs off Rafael Soriano, the Braves' offense did enough to bring their record up to 11-5. Brian McCann had a ground-rule RBI double in the third, Andruw scored twice on two wild pitches, and Jeff Francoeur and Craig Wilson took back to back walks with the bases loaded... Yes, I said Jeff Francoeur took a walk and is actually on pace for 71 walks this season. Tim Hudson even got in a nice double right over the third base bag. The Braves' defense also helped out a bit tonight. Kelly Johnson got Tim Hudson out of a jam in the fifth after he loaded the bases with nice sliding stop and flip on a Jose Reyes grounder up the middle to get David Newhan out at second. Johnson also canceled that out a bit with an errant throw in the ninth trying to turn a double play after he got taken out at second base. Hudson also helped himself with the glove as he started a nice double play to get out of the eighth. The Mets played a pretty sloppy game that couldn't help there chances. They have now done that a couple times against the Braves. Jose Reyes made a throwing error in the 7th and the Mets allowed 6 walks in the game including two in a third of an inning by Ambiorix Burgos. That is around 4.5 walks per nine on the year for the Mets staff and that is probably going to catch up with them as they get farther into the year. I'm going to start something new that will hopefully catch on our game recaps. After my predictions in my last post. I am going to add a Kelly-Meter. Tonight, Kelly went 2/4 with one walk and a run scored to bring his average and OBP up to .286 and .412 respectively. An incredible line for a leadoff man. If you haven't already you should head over to braves-nation.com where you can talk baseball with almost 350 Braves fans including this game. Tomorrow's game is at 1:10 ET with Chuck James (2-1, 2.25) facing off against Oliver Perez (1-1, 3.72). Hey, at least Ryan Langerhans will be on the bench.

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