Hudson sparkles in shutout of D-backs
APR 03, 2014 12:46a ET
PHOENIX -- Tim Hudson was backed to his old self with his new team.
Hudson (1-0) was making his first start since July 24 after fracturing his right ankle against the Mets while pitching for the Braves. The veteran right-hander, who signed with San Francisco as a free agent in the offseason, had four strikeouts and no walks, and had Arizona hitters pounding the ball into the ground.
"After a couple of month from my surgery, I know coming back was a definite possibility," Hudson said. "You get anxious but I wouldn't call it butterflies. You just anxious to get back out there."
Hudson showed solid command of his first pitch and threw that first offering for strikes.
"He really attacked the zone," said catcher Buster Posey, who went 2 for 4 night with a run scored. "I'm sure he was anxious but didn't show it. He's been doing this for so long that he controls his emotional very well."
Sergio Romo shut down the Diamondbacks in order to record his second save.
The Diamondbacks threatened only twice with Hudson on the mound.
After Hudson retired the first nine hitters, Gerardo Parra led off the fourth with a single to center, moved to second on a wild pitch but was stranded when Paul Goldschmidt struck out and Martin Prado flied to center.
Hudson tossed 103 pitches and improved to 8-1 against Arizona. He is 5-1 at Chase Field.
"You have to tip your hat to (Hudson), he threw a great game," Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill said. "He didn't give us a good pitch to hit all night. He just made his pitches."