Braves 10 (10-14), Astros 1 (8-15)
WP: Hudson (2-1)
LP: Rodriguez (1-3)
Whats that on the Braves side of the ball today? Off...ense? Whats that? Yeah, the Braves put some runs on the board, not that the team needed it with Tim Hudson's pitching performance. The thing is...Hudson wasn't THAT great. In his 6 2/3 innings, Hudson allowed one run, in the first inning, and 5 hits...he also walked 2 (good) and struck out 1 (bad). Whats the deal with Hudson's rates this year? He's got an even strikeout to walk ratio, and his ERA is under 3. THE FIP MONSTER IS DISPLEASED, and something is going to need to change, otherwise that ERA is going to begin to creep up. Hudson has posted 4 quality starts in his 5 outings thusfar this season, and he hasn't struck out more than 5 batters in a game this season. I know Hudson isn't much of a strikeout king, but its really odd to see him pitching like this, and having a level of effectiveness with it. The bullpen was solid today, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless despite Jonny Venters loading the bases in the 9th. Peter Moylan and Eric O'Flaherty only needed 12 pitches between them to get 4 outs. Now THAT is what I like to see out of a bullpen.
Now, we discuss what I mentioned at the top...the offense. The Braves offense completely exploded today, pounding out 15 hits and 10 runs. Contrast that to the 9 game losing streak, in which the team scored only 9 runs in the first 6 games of it. Yeah...how things can quickly change in this game. Every Brave starter reached base, led by Jason Heyward getting on 4 times, capped off with a homer in the 7th inning. His ISO now sits at .308, homering in 3 straight games. The future is bright in Atlanta with Heyward in the house, thats for sure. Starting in place of Yunel Escobar and leading off, Omar Infante had 3 singles and scored 3 times. Martin Prado also had 3 hits, with a pair of runs scored and RBI in the equation as well. Finally, most of the damage was done by Troy Glaus, his 3 hits, and his 4 RBI. Left for dead in the desert near the beginning of the week, Glaus has reached base in 5 of his 9 plate appearances in his series. It looks like he's coming along, which is what the team needs out of him.
The Braves look for the sweep (OMG SERIOUSLY?!?) tomorrow, with Derek Lowe pitching against Bud Norris of the Astros. With Lowe on the hill, the Braves are going to need to put runs on the board, because preventing runs from scoring hasn't been a strong point for him this year.