Complete games suck. An apparent attempt to get Tim Hudson another one backfired tonight, when his 116th pitch of the night was lined to right for a game-tying single. Some overmanaging and poor relief work followed, and it was 3-1 by the end of the eighth and 4-1 entering the bottom of the ninth.
Hudson was excellent until two out in the eighth, and rarely threatened. He struck out five, walked two (the last an intentional walk to the last batter he faced) and allowed eight hits (only five to that point). He gets a loss. Life sucks sometimes.
The Braves didn’t do much offensively. Teixeira hit a solo homer leading off the second, but they had only four more hits. Chipper and Renteria both went 0-4 and fell to .340 and .333 respectively. Holliday struck out his first time up.
Hope sucks. Avoid it.