Hudson’s Heartfelt Send-Off Overshadows 3-2 Loss to Dodgers

By: Josh Goodwine

With many a teary eye at AT&T, Tim Hudson toed the rubber for the 479th and last time yesterday. Clearly having earned the respect of the league, he received a standing ovation from both the Giants and Dodger dugouts as well as the fans in his departure in the 3rd.

Hudson’s credentials had earned him this admiration, with 222 career victories, placing him 73rd on the all-time list. He also has a career 3.49 ERA, and had not recorded a losing season until he joined the Giants in 2014. A four time all-star, he won Comeback Player of the Year with the Braves, and of course, one World Series Ring. It was remarked by Bruce Bochy and his teammates that he will truly be missed in the clubhouse as both a leader and a mentor to all players.

Now the game; Hudson gave up all three runs in 2.1 innings. He struggled to find the strike zone again, with 22 of his 45 pitches missing the zone. Lefty Brett Anderson had a good showing and may have secured a spot on the postseason rotation by throwing 7.2 innings and giving up two runs on four hits.

All three Dodger runs were scored early. In the second, Andre Ethier hit a ball into Triple’s Alley, giving him a triple respectively. He scored on a Chase Utley sacrifice fly. In the third, Anderson got a base hit and was scored by an Adrian Gonzalez single into left field off of Jeremy Affledt. A fielder’s choice from Ethier scored second baseman Howie Kendrick, making it 3-0.

Ryan Vogelsong was brought in to start the fourth, and fired four one-hit innings while striking out six. The Giants scored in the eighth, when Jarret Parker, who reached on an error, was brought home by an Angel Pagan single, and a double by Kelby Tomlinson brought Pagan home.

 


Cover Image: San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)