Despite a solid outing by Tim Hudson, the Atlanta Braves were not able to outdo the Padres in the second game of the series—thanks to Andrew Cashner.
Cashner threw eight innings of two-run baseball while allowing just six hits and one walk compared to five strikeouts. It’s really a let down that the Braves weren’t able to give Hudson some run support, because he actually had a pretty similar game to Cashner.
Hudson went 7.1 innings and allowed five hits and three runs on seven strikeouts to just one walk. The lines for both pitchers are very impressive—but the Padres were just able squeak by.
The first four hitters in the lineup (Simmons, Heyward, Upton, Freeman) all went 1-4, while Brian McCann had the only multi-hit night of both teams, going 2-4. After that, there was absolutely nothing going for the Braves lineup (unless you want to count BJ’s walk) with Uggla, the “big” Upton, Ramiro Pena, and Tim Hudson combining for a splendid 0-11.
Since Huddy is a pitcher, lets temper our anger and say that the last third of our lineup went 0-9 with a walk. That’s still pretty bad, especially when two of the hitters in that latter third are getting hands down the most money of anyone on the team…and it’s really not even close.
At some point, the lineup is going to have to actually score runs on a consistent basis, because it’s hard to expect the starters to be excellent each and every night out.
Some good news that we can pick out of this game is that Jason Heyward is currently batting over .200. He may have gotten above that mark earlier, but this is the first time I have noticed it so congrats to Heyward. Maybe you can actually come close to your potential at some point this season!
Sorry for the bitter recap fellas, normally it’s not this dreary. It’s late, we have lost two to the Padres, the Heat got killed…. not a great night. The Braves will look to avoid the series sweep later today.