Braves 3 (63-47), Giants 0 (63-48)
WP: Hudson (13-5)
LP: Cain (9-9)
SV: Wagner (27)
I can sum of this evening's performance from Tim Hudson with one number: 1. That was the number of balls the Giants managed to put in the air. *One* fly out all evening. Hudson got SEVENTEEN ground ball outs, and mixed in 6 strikeouts just for the hell of it. He allowed 3 hits, hit a batter, and walked one as well. It was an absolutely dominant night, and I don't know what else I can really say about it. Here's a little something interesting about Hudson I like this season I enjoy: he's pitched less than 6 innings in only 2 starts all year. One start was interrupted by a rain delay, and in the other, he pitched 5 2/3. He's only allowed more than 3 runs in a game twice all year. 19 quality starts in 23 tries...it really is amazing considering that at this time a year ago, he was still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Hudson has completely reinvented himself as a pitcher since the surgery. Oh, and in case you were wondering what happened when Hudson left the game...Billy Wagner struck out the side on 11 pitches and the Giants only made contact with one of those. Yeah, he was on.
All of the Braves scoring came in the 4th inning, with all 3 runs coming across the plate in an inning where the slumbering Braves offense went 3 for 6 with runners in scoring position to snap out of his funk. The first 2 runs were plated on a hard hit single up the middle by Troy Glaus, while the third run came in on a Rick Ankiel double that just missed going over the right field fence. It wasn't a GREAT offensive night...but hey, Jason Heyward reached twice, Chipper Jones continued his hot streak reaching twice, and Eric Hinske reached 3 times without the aid of a hit (2 walks and a hit by pitch). Alex Gonzalez went 0/3 at the plate, but showed some really great defense at short, including an AMAZING turn on a double play in the 5th inning.
The Braves will look to take 3 of 4 from the second place Giants, and the man to attempt to do it will be...Derek Lowe. Great. The Giants counter with Jonathan Sanchez, which is a little bit of an exhale for the Braves. After the Giants, the Braves head to Houston for 3 with the Astros...now that is an opportunity to get some wins under the team's belt and get a little confidence back.
And to close, some good news. Johan Santana dominated the Phillies for 7 1/3 innings en route to a 1-0 Mets victory. The Braves lead is back up to 2 games...which ensures that the Braves will begin next week still all alone in first place...good times all around tonight!