Braves > Hudson Beats Braves For First Time

| May 30, 2015

Braves Baseball

Kyle Taylor, Valdosta Today Sports

SAN FRANCISCO – Tim Hudson has accomplished a lot of feats in his 17-year career, on and off the diamond.

There are two things he has yet to do, beat the Oakland A’s and the Atlanta Braves, which are the two other teams he has spent his career pitching for.

Hudson (2-4) was able to strike the Braves off the list as one of those teams he has never defeated on Friday night at AT&T Park, as the Giants defeated the Braves 4-2 in a matchup that included a pitcher who is likely in last season and another who is in his rookie season.

His counterpart, Mike Foltynewicz (3-2), who is sixteen years younger than Huddy, was strong once again going 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs and striking out eight. The big blow was giving up a home run to Leesburg native, Buster Posey (8), in the first inning.

Cameron Maybin continues to be involved in the Braves scoring runs, as he singled in Andrelton Simmons during the top half of the third inning.

Posey would not be finished on Friday night. In the eighth inning, with the score 2-1, Giants, the former MVP and multiple World Series champion drove in the Giants third run in the game off Braves set up man, Jim Johnson. Posey nearly hit another one out, but settled with a ground-rule double to left-center.

Brandon Crawford of the Giants would add another base hit to score Posey and make the score 4-1 heading into the ninth.

The Braves would try to rally in the ninth, beginning with a deep home run to center off the bat of Freddie Freeman (6). It was his first homer in his last twenty games. Markakis and Pierzynski would walk in the inning, setting up a situation with the tying runs on base. Santiago Casilla was able to get Todd Cunningham to ground out to end the ballgame.

Fredi spoke with about Hudson’s performance, “Today he had his sinker going. I don’t know how many ground balls we pounded into the ground, but it seemed like it was a lot and he competed. That’s him. The competitive fire is there. I know he’s close to 40 years old, but he competes and he gave them a great outing.”

Folty talked with about his outing, “I’m not worried about it. The offense will explode sooner or later, it has happened before. We’ll take the positive notes and get a good bullpen session the next five days and go attack Arizona.”

The two teams will face off once again on Saturday night from AT&T Park for game three of the series, before finishing the series tomorrow afternoon. Atlanta will end the West Coast road trip next week in Arizona before heading back home against the Pirates. The Braves find themselves two games under .500 at (23-25) and currently facing the team that just became the leaders of the NL West.

Saturday’s game will feature Williams Perez (NR) facing a much improved, Tim Lincecum (5-2). First pitch will be at 10:05 PM ET.

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