So it turns out that Major League Baseball has an obscure stat called a “complete game”. This refers not to a game that is actually completed and not shortened by rain, but to a game in which one pitcher does all the pitching for one of the teams. Bizarre. Anyway, Tim Hudson threw nine innings today, thereby recording one of these “complete games”.
Offensively, the Braves got two runs on a bases-loaded single by Teixeira with one out in the third. They couldn’t get anything else out of that situation, but KJ hit a solo homer in the fourth. That was all Hudson needed. He threw exactly 100 pitches, 72 of them for strikes. (For the benefit of those of you who played soccer, that means that he threw 72 percent strikes.) He struck out six, walked only one, and allowed seven hits. The Braves turned two double plays for him and he had a lot of ground balls.
Brandon Jones was called up after Richmond’s championship victory last night, and started in left field, but went 0-4. Renteria came into the game leading the NL with a .335 batting average, but he went 0-4, while Chipper was 2-4. Right now, Chipper and Utley are both at .335, Renteria at .334.