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Tim Hudson snaps walkless streak after 30 2/3 innings, 115 batters

Apr 26, 2014, 9:35 AM EDT

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Giants pitcher Tim Hudson has made a career out of having great control. The right-hander had walked only 7.2 percent of the 11,803 batters he faced in his 16-year career entering Friday’s start against the Indians. So, it wasn’t surprising that he was also carrying a lengthy walkless streak to open the 2014 season.

In four starts spanning 30 innings, Hudson hadn’t walked a batter. Hudson opened the first inning against the Indians with two quick outs, but then allowed a single to Jason Kipnis and issued a walk to Carlos Santana. The streak ended at 30 2/3 innings and 115 batters faced. As CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly noted, that’s the longest streak, in terms of batters faced, to start a season since 1944.

Hudson improved to 3-1 with the effort, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five over seven innings of work. The 38-year-old right-hander joined the Giants in the off-season on a two-year, $23 million contract and has been exactly what they paid for. Over five starts, Hudson has a 2.19 ERA with a 12.5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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  1. Jason Lukehart - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Santana walked again later in the game, so clearly he knows the secret. I’m sure he’s willing to share that knowledge with interested parties in exchange for positive regression on his BABIP.

  2. APBA Guy - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Hudson’s command overall was as impressive as it’s been all season. His ability to expand the strike zone on both sides of the plate and to induce chasing swings was a function of his ability to throw strikes whenever he needed to. Another masterful performance last night.

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