New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – September 17, 2011 – ESPN.

Thank God for Tim Hudson. Hudson threw eight shutout innings while the Braves were getting shutout in their turn, keeping the team in the game singlehandedly. Sure, it was only the Mets, but tell that to Derek Lowe.

Hudson struck out ten, a season hit, and allowed just four hits. The Mets had a few chances to score, but mostly of the two-out, two-on type. The Braves had virtually no chances to score against R.A. Dickey, getting just two hits (and three walks) in the first seven innings. Their best chance was a Chipper Jones double leading off the seventh, but Dan Uggla didn’t get him over so Brian McCann‘s flyout didn’t score him, and he was later stranded.

Finally in the eighth, Jason Heyward led off with a walk, and was pinch-bunted to second by Jose Constanza. Michael Bourn grounded out, and Martin Prado walked, bringing up Chipper. On a 2-2 pitch, Chipper singled up the middle to make it 1-0. After Uggla walked, McCann popped up to keep the score there.

Craig Kimbrel did his thing in the ninth, striking out the side. Good thing, too.