Tim Hudson had a big night on the mound and at the plate, and despite the best efforts of Angel Hernandez, the Braves were able to pull out a win after leaving a bunch of runners on early against Russ Ortiz. Bobby was thrown out — again! — by Hernandez in the third inning for arguing a balk called on Hudson for, as far as I can tell, wearing a Braves uniform. Hudson was called for another balk in the sixth, again by Hernandez, and Teixeira had to restrain the pitcher. The balks were pretty remarkable, as Hudson had committed only three balks in his career entering tonight, but didn’t figure in the scoring.
The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Russ Ortiz Special — two walks, a wild pitch, and a run scoring on an out. Hudson drove in a run with a single in the second, making it 2-0. But the Braves couldn’t add to the lead. The Giants got a run back in the fifth, and the Sloth hit a solo homer in the sixth to tie it.
The Braves got the first two on the sixth and Ortiz was pulled, then loaded the bases on a hard single from Francoeur. The go-ahead run scored on a wild pitch, then Andruw singled past the Sloth in left for a two-run double. He later came home on a sac fly to make it 6-2.
The Giants cut it to 6-3 after Dave Roberts tripled leading off the seventh and came home on a groundout, but that was all they’d get. Hudson went eight, allowing the three runs on eight hits but one walk, and striking out five, and had two hits of his own. He’s now hitting .237, which makes you question why Thorman, at .218, hit for him. Wickman made it entirely too exciting in the ninth, and Andruw had to go to the wall to catch a ball that just missed being a game-tying homer.