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Braves Beat Dodgers 1-0 On Hudson's Arm And Conrad's Bat

From Talking Chop:

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Tim Hudson just keeps making hitters look silly. He followed up his best start of the season with, well, exactly the same start:

Hudson vs. Giants, 8/7: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
Hudson vs. Dodgers, tonight: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

That is just uncanny. The only slight differences are that Hudson did not get quite as many ground balls tonight (though 14/20 is still awesome) and that tonight’s game was closer, so his WPA was much higher (a stunning 0.533, meaning he accounted for more than half of a win all by himself)…

All in all, it was a marvelous start to an important series. To make things even better, the Phillies were shut down today by R.A. Dickey, so the Braves’ division lead is now at 3 games. Hopefully, all the other games in this series go just as well.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.