Daniel Hudson Has Another Poor Outing as Diamondbacks Get Wrecked by Atlanta Braves
It looks like the near-endless hit parades the Arizona Diamondbacks had against the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs last week didn't carry over into Atlanta.
The Diamondbacks were limited to just one run against the Braves last night, as D'Backs starting pitcher Daniel Hudson tossed four or fewer innings for the fourth time this season, being pulled last night with an apparent injury.
Hudson gave up five runs through just 1 2/3 innings, as the Braves trampled the Diamondbacks 8-1.
Hudson's been one of the most hittable starting pitchers in baseball recently, as he's given up five or more runs in each of his four starts that lasted fewer than four innings.
The team says it's an elbow problem that caused him to be pulled from last night's game, and he'll have the MRI done today.
The Braves' Michael Bourn started off the second inning with a deep home run to center field, and the lead was opened up in the third.
Chipper Jones hit a deep double, and Freddie Freeman hit Jones home with a double of his own.
The next batter, Andrelton Simmons, scored Freeman on a single, and Hudson managed to retire Braves starter Tim Hudson (no relation) after three failed bunt attempts.
Bourn reached base on a single, and Jason Heyward picked up an RBI in the next at bat with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.
Martin Prado joined in on the action, reaching base in the next at-bat, and Daniel Hudson was pulled after that.
Diamondbacks reliever Josh Collmenter gave up one hit that scored another run before retiring Dan Uggla to end the inning.
In the top of the third, it looked like the Diamondbacks were ready to make it a slug-fest.
Aaron Hill and Juston Upton both struck out, but Jason Kubel delivered with a home run to right field. That didn't create any momentum, as that would end up being the only D'Backs run in the game.
The D'Backs couldn't even get a base-runner past first base for the rest of the game.
Meanwhile, the Braves added insurance runs in the seventh, bringing one home on a fielder's choice, and knocking in another on a sac fly to increase the lead to 7-1 after seven.
A Brian McCann single in the eighth scored the final Braves run and concluded the addition of insult to injury, as we thanked the baseball gods that games like this last only nine innings.
For those loyal (or casual) TV viewers of the Diamondbacks, you'll notice play-by-play announcer Daron Sutton's been out of the booth.
If you ask ESPN, Sutton's reportedly suspended for "insubordination" that's occurred over the years for "fail[ing] to comply with a number of management directives."
The most recent dispute was over the team's on-air dress code, according to ESPN.
We have to reference the "sources" from ESPN because the team not only refuses to say why Sutton's MIA, but also refuses to confirm that he's suspended. He's just "taking some time off," according to the team.
Free Daron. He's Big League.
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