This time, Tim Hudson didn’t have to worry about not pitching in the ninth inning.
He pitched a one-hit masterpiece Wednesday night against Milwaukee in an 8-0 win that gave the Braves a doubleheader sweep of the Brewers and earned Hudson his first complete-game win since 2008. They won 8-3 in the opener.
On Wednesday, he needed only 102 pitches to record 27 outs, allowing one hit and one walk with six strikeouts in his 24th complete game and 12th shutout. Rickie Weeks had a double in the fourth inning and a walk in the ninth, and no other Milwaukee batter reached base against Hudson (4-2).
Tommy Hanson won his third consecutive start in the first game Wednesday, and McLouth had his hands on things all day and night from the eighth position in the order.
Hanson (4-3) pitched six strong innings (two runs, three hits) in the opener and got plenty of offensive support from McLouth and Prado, who had three hits and three RBIs.
“Big win for us; I don’t even remember the last time we were over .500,” Hanson said after the Braves pushed their record above .500 since for the first time since April 5.
“April 5? See. I mean that was almost a month ago,” said Hanson, had seven strikeouts with two walks. “We need to just keep pushing and playing hard every game, and hopefully look up and we’ll be multiple games above .500.”
Hudson's 1-Hit Shutout Gives Braves A Sweep Of Milwaukee - AJC / David O'Brien
The Meck Report / Blog - May 5, 2011 - 12:02a