Postgame comments after Hudson’s 13K gem

TIM HUDSON

On his stellar night:

“It was a night where everything was working for us, offensively, pitching, defense. I don’t miss that many bats all the time. It’s nice to go out there and miss some on occasion. It was a big win for us. We hit a little skid there. It was nice to get back on the winning track. We knew Philly won today. We knew we had to go out there and put up a W one way or another, whichever we way we could. It just happened to be pretty one-sided.”

On 1,500 strikeouts:

“I’m not a strikeout pitcher, so to be able to go out there and have that kind of milestone for my career, it’s definitely something I’m proud of. But it’s not something that I’m known for.”

On the ovation he got for 1,500:

“I didn’t even know I was coming close to 1,500 strikeouts until the fans started cheering. They started cheering and I said, ‘What the heck is going on? I thought (Jeff) Francoeur was up to bat again, back when he was a rookie. I saw that it was 1,500; I was like, ‘Man that’s pretty cool.’ The reaction of the fans was awesome. I had goose bumps out there and that doesn’t happen for me too often when I’m out there pitching. It was something that as a player I really appreciate. Hopefully we’ll give them a lot more to cheer about the rest of the season.”

On his stuff:

“Just good sink. Coming from Colorado, anything was going to be a ton better than pitching there. You finally have some humidity for your ball to do something through. That thin air isn’t great for movement. Coming here with humidity and heat was something that bodes well for pitchers that have movement.”

On the Marlins swinging and missing 12 of his strikeouts:

“I don’t make guys try to miss the bats. That’s a big reason why I don’t strike out a ton of people but tonight was one of those nights where I had the swing-and-miss ball for whatever reason. It was fun.”

BOBBY COX

On Hudson halting the losing streak:

“What a guy to have after you’ve come off a little end of a road trip series. He was the guy that reminded us of old Glavine and Maddux and Smoltzie. We gave him some support tonight too.”

On what worked for Hudson:

“He had great stuff all night long. He wasn’t going to give them much tonight no matter what the score was…Every pitch he threw had a purpose and he located it. All his pitches were working. He mixed in a little bit of everything.”

On Lee’s injury:

“Derrek has got – it’s not an oblique; nobody thinks it is. I might have to rest him tomorrow, then he should be fine. I don’t think it’s too bad. But we had a six-run lead at the time. We all know six runs sometimes dissipates quickly, but it was a good time for him to go ahead and get it treated and take the night off and maybe tomorrow.”

On the six-run second:

“Matte (Diaz) got us off on a good start boom. Then we kept getting key hit after key hit. (Brian) McCann’s when he cleared the bases with a double that was a huge one.”

On why he went out to check on Kyle Farnsworth:

“The lights blinded him for a brief second.”

DAVID ROSS

On Hudson’s stuff:

“I came up here and watched an inning (in the clubhouse). I heard them say he struck out eight or nine, a high since whenever, and I went back out. I was calling the game for strikeouts to be honest with you. I wanted him to get as many as possible. I was watching up here and his sinker looked like a 92 mph split-finger from the TV perspective. Dipping, going straight down right when it gets to the zone. He’s good when he’s not on. When he has a bad game he gives up two runs.”

MATT DIAZ

On Hudson’s settling effect on the team:

“He let us know with his stuff early we didn’t need much. Maybe that relaxed us a little offensively, I don’t know. I think he could have gone nine and just given up the one….If he’s not the top pitcher in the National League, he’s got to be in the Top 3. He’s the guy we definitely wanted out there.”

CHAD TRACY

(Marlins third baseman – compliments of Palm Peach Post colleague Joe Capozzi)

On Hudson:

“He was dirty. It sinks and runs. You think you’re on it, but for lefty it hits up off the end of your bat and chopped right into the ground. There’s a reason why he’s got a (2.24) ERA and won 15 games. The guy has definitely got his stuff back. He’s healthy. That’s why he is who he is – he’s Tim Hudson.”

On 12 strikeouts swinging:

“It’s there and then it’s not. You think you’re on it and then it’s breaking down and away from you. It’s deceptive. Then you throw that change-up in there along with it… .When he is spotting there’s not a whole lot you can do with that kind of stuff.”

19 comments Add your comment

Alex

August 28th, 2010
11:35 pm

Haha. Love Ross’ comment. Great W. Go Braves!

ATLgirl

August 28th, 2010
11:36 pm

what a great game. so glad that we went out there and scored and were able to keep it. Huddy looked awesome. Cy Young possibilities? at least the comeback award.

Grandpa Right

August 28th, 2010
11:37 pm

FJ10

August 28th, 2010
11:40 pm

“..he’s Tim Hudson.” Damn straight!

JRW7

August 28th, 2010
11:42 pm

Great win BRAVES! Keep it up! GO BRAVES!!

Choppinmama

August 28th, 2010
11:47 pm

I’m glad the ovation for 1,500 didn’t shake Timmy up so bad he lost his control. The Marlins were really talking Cy Young for Hudson.

That would be sooo kewl.

Largo

August 28th, 2010
11:53 pm

Great night for Huddy and the Braves. Well done, Guys.

Bartholomew (Bat) Masterson

August 29th, 2010
12:03 am

Kyle ” blinded be the light” Farnsworth ….. lordy

kwajbraves

August 29th, 2010
12:06 am

Hopefully we did not spent all the runs in this game. Runs are going to be a premium tommorow against Johnson. Go Braves!

Mary Beth

August 29th, 2010
12:25 am

Tim Hudson is the man , I now have a shirt that says tim hudson the man the myth the legend, and the Kyle Farnsworth thing is so funny “Blinded by the light”. Everyone was meshing together tonight. Also did anyone see the clip were chipper was hugging people in the dug out I died from the expression on B-macs face it was priceless there always joking with eachother ha ha . It was pretty funny.

tom

August 29th, 2010
12:37 am

braves found a way not to blow a 9 run lead. i’m impressed. Farnsworth needs cut or something

VP

August 29th, 2010
12:54 am

If they would just let Mike Minor pitch today i could have seen Huddy tomorrow. Now i got to suffer through Derek Lowe against Josh Johnson in 90 degree weather.

OU

August 29th, 2010
12:58 am

kwajbraves, I don’t the scoring thing works that way. Each game is kind of an individual thing.

Jesse Stone

August 29th, 2010
6:55 am

Any chance that Farnsworth’s new entry song is Manfred Mann’s “Blinded by the Light”?

Toots

August 29th, 2010
7:10 am

A rare phenomen (sic) last night.. The manager managed the game for a change. We have a great bench and he took advantage of the lead…. unlike in Colorado. Bench players are hungry for at bats, wanting to prove they can play.. Good game all around. Huddy was terrific.

willie g hates liberty media

August 29th, 2010
7:32 am

the prob;em is atlanta can omly pitch hudson once every 5 days the rest of these pitchers _ losses.. i told you all the phillies wuld sweep padres . the phillies play up to competition and sept 20th – 23rd they will show you how as they will sweep atlanta and i really hate the PHILLIES.

Feeanch

August 29th, 2010
9:27 am

Hey Carroll, I really like that you and DOB are starting to get some opposing teams’ comments from the other writers and including them in the blog. Keep that up. Always good to get that perspective.

hootdaddy-20

August 29th, 2010
9:47 am

willie g, PUHLEEEEEEEZZZZZZ. If anyone plays to their competition it is the Atlanta Braves.

Merlin

August 29th, 2010
11:38 am

Universal moaning alliance – In spite of a sporadic offense, our non-manager and those “other pitchers” have kept us in first place for months now. The Phillies playing “up” to their competition had 3 hits; not 13 or even 6 just 3. The Padres lose when the other team scores 3 and pitches well. We took the series from them here. Doom and gloom is not helpful and usually not correct. Let’s look at the positives instead of the negatives.
The bats awakened. Johnson is very hittable and beatable in his last 4 starts. Giving Derek 4 runs is usually enough and we should do that today.

@Carroll — Great job as usual an dI too loved the quotes from out of town!

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