The Stat Line Of The Night — 6/20/11 — Tim Hudson
The Atlanta Braves entered last night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays looking to record back-to-back wins at home for the first time since May 29. Pitcher Tim Hudson did all that he could on the mound to get his team that elusive victory, but he didn’t receive much help from the rest of the Braves line-up. Luckily for him this game was played in Atlanta, giving Hudson the opportunity to produce his own run support, and he did just that.
Hudson pitched eight solid innings of shutout baseball, allowing only two hits and one walk against while striking out eight, but going into the bottom of the eighth he had yet to receive any run support from his teammates. So he took matters into his own hands and belted a two-run homer, giving the Braves the 2-0 lead.
Hudson allowed the first two Blue Jay batters to get on base in the top of the ninth inning, forcing manager Fredi Gonzalez to give him the hook. However, closer Craig Kimbrel would step in at that point and strike out the following three batters, preserving both the win and the shutout for Hudson, who earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, June 20, 2011.