So, things are looking up. Our other shortstop got injured, but on the other hand, he is literally a replacement-level player, which means by definition that we lose nothing by replacing him. We put Prado at shortstop, obviously, and though he went 0-5 he made a nice play up the middle and proved that our shortstop depth isn’t quite as bad as it looks when he can fill in there in a pinch.
Tim Hudson had an old-fashioned Episode. He was staked to a 5-0 lead in the first three innings, with most of the damage done by David Ross, who got 4 RBIs on a bases loaded walk and a three-run homer. Ross was in for Brian McCann, who took paternity leave as his wife gave birth to a healthy Colt Michael McCann. He may be back tomorrow.
But then the top of the fourth happened. Old nemesis David Wright led off, and Tim Hudson saw the following happen:
Double, groundout, walk, double, single, single, pop-out, single, groundout.
By the time the dust settled it was 5-4, and Wilson was out of the game, injuring his pinky on the second single of the inning, as he tried to dive to pick up a dribbler that went off Hudson’s glove.
The next inning wasn’t much better for Hudson, who gave up a single to Wright and then walked Ike Davis before Fredi rightfully decided he’d seen enough. Because it was the fifth inning, he turned to the Lisp. Four balls later, the bases were loaded and things weren’t looking good. Fortunately, that was the low point of the game. He struck out the next two guys and got Thole to fly out to Bourn, and was followed by two scoreless innings by Medlen.
In the sixth, the Braves got two badly-needed insurance runs, one from an expected source and one from the opposite. First, Chipper hit a solo shot, because it’s the Mets. Then, Freddie Freeman doubled, and Dan Uggla singled him home. Uggla was 1-3 with two walks. I’m not saying he’s fixed. I’m just saying that he had a good game. O’Flaherty gave up a run in a shaky 8th inning, but he got out of it, and then Kimbrel struck out the side, because that’s what he does.
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