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Tim Hudson’s one-hitter spoils Zack Greinke’s 2011 debut

May 4, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

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Tim Hudson pitched his third career one-hitter Wednesday as the Braves roughed up Zack Greinke and beat the Brewers 8-0 in the second game of a doubleheader.

Rickie Weeks was the only Brewer to reach base against Hudson. He doubled in the fourth and walked in the ninth. Hudson retired the other 27 batters he faced, striking out six of them, to move to 4-2 and lower his ERA to 2.86.

Hudson’s previous one-hitters came Aug. 28, 2000 for the A’s against the White Sox and May 1, 2006 for the Braves against the Rockies. It was his 24th complete game and 12th career shutout. Roy Halladay (19) and Chris Carpenter (13) are the only active hurlers with more shutouts than Hudson.

Greinke wasn’t very sharp in his Brewers debut, surrendering five runs — four earned — in four innings. He struck out six and dealt with some less-than-stellar defense, but he missed within the strike zone quite a bit, most notably on Nate McLouth‘s two-run homer in the fourth.

The Braves also won the first game of the doubleheader 8-3 and will get to go for a four-game sweep of the Brewers on Thursday.

  1. normswifevera - May 5, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    Hudson’s performance kept the headline from being “Zack Grenkie spoils Zack Grenkie’s 2011 debut”.

  2. Brian Murphy - May 5, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    I thought Greinke was pretty decent given that this was his first start of the season and coming back from an injury and extended rehab. In the first few innings, the velocity and break on his pitches were pretty good. I think he topped out at 95. But he was let down by some shoddy defense and the fact that the Braves fouled off a bunch of pitches, which raised his pitch limit of 90 in a hurry. RBI singles by Uggla (unearned) and Martin Prado weren’t hit especially hard.

    And then in the fourth inning … yeah he got crushed. You could say he was starting to tire, but there’s no way around it — crushed.

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