ESPN – Athletics vs. Braves – Box Score – May 17, 2008

It wasn’t that close, but it’s another one-run loss! I don’t really understand what the deal is with Tim Hudson. Most of the time, he looks really good, but this is the third start he’s had this season where he’s been terrible. Tonight, he just lost his control and walked a bunch of guys, and left the ball up and allowed two homers, including a three-run shot by Ryan “Babe” Sweeney, who came into the game with a .327 career slugging percentage and one homer. It’s like if Gregor Blanco took you deep. Unlike the first two times, Bobby let Hudson work through it, and he managed to pitch better in the fourth and fifth.

The Braves were doing diddly, of course, and were shut out through the first four. Escobar singled in Blanco with two out in the fifth, but that was all they got, and all they would get until the ninth. They rallied then for three runs off of Huston Street, with hits by Teixeira, McCann, and KJ, but never got the tying run on base and Blanco Norton struck out to end it.

Resop pitched well in a long relief role. Don’t fall for it, Bobby. Put him in a close game and he’ll blow up. Chipper was 0-4 with a couple of strikeouts, and the Braves are obviously pretty dependent upon him. Teixeira had two hits, which is nice, but I’ll believe he’s come out of it when he puts a run together.