Well, turnabout is fair play, I guess. Tim Hudson was just brilliant, going eight innings and allowing just three hits and, what’s more important considering how he’s been pitching, striking out six while walking just one. Success is a lot more sustainable that way than having more walks than strikeouts. He also had probably the key hit in the game, a two-out double in the fourth that gave the Braves a 3-1 lead; things sort of spiralled out of control for the D-Backs after that.
Martin Prado had a monster game, starting it off with a leadoff homer. Heyward walked and came around to score later in the inning to make it 2-0. LaRoche singled — the only hit they’d get before the Braves broke it open — and scored for the D-Backs in the second. The Braves couldn’t cash in a couple of opportunities and it looked like it might be a tight game before Hudson’s double.
In the fifth, the Braves broke it open and chased Dan Haren. LaRoche, having apparently forgotten to take his Ritalin again, not only let a Heyward ground ball go through his legs he then sort of just stood around in the basepaths while Jason ran into him, leading to an obstruction call and a free base for the Braves. Glaus singled Heyward home, then Hinske made it 6-1 with a two-run homer. McLouth doubled in Yunel to make it 7-1.
The Braves got two more runs in the sixth, one on Prado’s second homer of the game. Glaus homered leading off the eighth, an inning that looked for a while like it would never end, and maybe wouldn’t have except for Melky’s pinch GIDP. Anyway, the Braves put up three more runs to reach the final score.