At 34 and coming off a season in which he was limited to seven
starts following Tommy John surgery, Tim Hudson is optimistic he
can still be effective for the Atlanta Braves.
The right-hander showed the potential to do more than that in
his season debut.
Looking for their second straight win, the Braves close a
three-game series against the San Diego Padres on Thursday.
Hudson went 2-1 with a 3.61 ERA over seven starts last season
beginning in September. He showed little signs of any shoulder
problems Friday against San Francisco, giving up two runs and three
hits in seven innings of a 5-4, 13-inning loss.
“It was a really good outing for me, but I’m really disappointed
that I gave up two runs,” he told the Braves’ official Web site
after throwing 77 pitches. “It was one of those games where I felt
I could have gone deeper in the game with some more zeros.”
Hudson hopes to follow a stellar effort from 23-year-old Tommy
Hanson, who gave up one run and four hits in six innings of a 6-1
victory Wednesday as the Braves (4-4) responded to a 17-2 loss two
Troy Glaus hit a three-run homer in the seventh, and Martin
Prado ran his hitting streak to 12 games with a double in the
Prado is hitting .469, and his 15 hits in the Braves’ first
eight games is a club record. Glaus, meanwhile, hit first his home
run since Sept. 28, 2008 when he played with St. Louis. He appeared
in only 14 games last season with the Cardinals because of right
Glaus is hitting .267 with six RBIs, but was 1 for 9 in the
previous three games.
“He’s been getting his swings in the middle of the lineup,”
Braves catcher Brian McCann said. “When he hits, it’s big.”
San Diego (3-5), which recorded 19 hits in the series opener,
left 10 on base Wednesday and was 1 for 5 with runners in scoring
position while committing three errors. Chase Headley, who was
hitting .448, went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts.
The Padres haven’t faced Hudson since 2008, and he is 3-0 with a
4.29 ERA in six starts and one relief appearance against them over
his career. Adrian Gonzalez, who had two hits and drove in his
fifth run of the season Wednesday, is 6 for 12 with two homers in
his career off Hudson.
Mat Latos (0-0, 6.00) will try to rebound on the mound for the
Padres after struggling in his season debut Saturday. He allowed
four runs and seven hits – including three home runs – over six
innings of a 5-4, 14-inning win over Colorado.
The right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two starts against