Uggla rescues Hudson, Braves to clinch series




Philadelphia – Just when Wednesday looked like a nightmare game for Tim Hudson, somebody who knows a thing or two about those lately turned it into something else.

Dan Uggla did in two nights in this series against the Phillies what he couldn’t do for the past two months for the Braves and that’s make an impact. He cleared the bases with a bases-loaded double in the seventh to wipe Hudson’s slate clean and send the Braves to a 12-6 victory.

“I’ve been scuffling for way too long,” said Uggla, who’d hit .127 in his past 50 games entering this series. “I’ve been lucky my teammates have picked me up and now it’s my turn to let them breathe a little easier. It’s something I take pride in, and it’s time to get going.”

Uggla helped salvage the series 2-1 for the Braves and some sanity for Hudson, who’d watched a 6-1 lead disappear in a five-run fifth inning. The Braves are 9-3 against the Phillies for the season.

Uggla went 3-for-4, after going 2-for-4 Monday night for his first consecutive multi-hit games since May 11 and 12. Manager Fredi Gonzalez had held Uggla out Tuesday night against Phillies ace Cole Hamels, so as not to “mess him up.” It looked like the right move, as Uggla now has 11 RBIs in his past 10 games.

“We’ve seen him,” said Gonzalez, who’s managed Uggla for six years including four with the Marlins. “You know the animal. You know that he’s going to go through these things, and you’ve got to be patient with him and let him go through some stuff.”

Michael Bourn went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, and three RBIs. He also made a great catch at the center field wall to rob Erik Kratz and put a merciful end to the fifth inning.

Ryan Howard isn’t supposed to be the same player, coming back from his Achilles surgery, and the Phillies not the same team, in last-place in the NL East and re-tooling after five straight division titles.

But that’s not how it was looking in Hudson’s recurring nightmare, where Howard swings for the fences and breaks out in a trot. True to form, Howard tied the game 6-6 with a three-run homer for his seventh home run in 59 career at-bats against Hudson, raising his career average against him to .344.

Hudson allowed a leadoff home run to Jimmy Rollins in the first inning but little else until Kevin Frandsen singled for the first of three straight hits in the fifth. Back-to-back doubles by Rollins and Domonic Brown made it 6-3. Hudson then hit Chase Utley with a pitch and lost Howard on a 2-2 sinker over the plate.

“I went about four innings where I hardly missed a spot to a 25-pitch stretch where I don’t know that I really hit one,” Hudson said.

Hudson gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings, lasting only one inning longer than Kyle Kendrick, the Phillies starter he helped chase after 3 1/3 innings with a two-run double in the second inning.

Hudson has given up five or more runs in five starts this year, and typically the problem comes in one inning. Hudson said his problem Wednesday was commanding his pitches from the stretch.

“I need to clean up a few things in my delivery in the stretch,” he said. “I think that’s the root of the problem.”

At the plate, Hudson has five hits in his past six starts (5-for-11), which gave him something to celebrate, along with his batterymate David Ross, who stole the first base of his major league career 636 games into it.

70 comments Add your comment

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 8th, 2012
10:27 pm

1st! Good game Huddy.

mike

August 8th, 2012
10:27 pm

Venice Jim

August 8th, 2012
10:28 pm

Brilliant opening, Carroll!

joo

August 8th, 2012
10:29 pm

coc-k cheese

Runner-

August 8th, 2012
10:39 pm

nc fan

August 8th, 2012
10:39 pm

nc fan

August 8th, 2012
10:39 pm

Enter your comments here

aaron

August 8th, 2012
10:40 pm

First.consecutive multihit games since MAY ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH!? Wow…hes grossly nderpaid.

nc fan

August 8th, 2012
10:40 pm

Jo

August 8th, 2012
10:40 pm

Washington just doesnt lose….sas Braves are playing so well only for a wildcard spot.

nc fan

August 8th, 2012
10:41 pm

nc fan

August 8th, 2012
10:43 pm

NOT WHEN THERE PITCHERS HIT HRS
OURS HIT DOUBLES

Largo

August 8th, 2012
10:43 pm

Alright Uggie!! Way to Go! Great comeback, guys.

nc fan

August 8th, 2012
10:43 pm

Jo

August 8th, 2012
10:40 pm
Washington just doesnt lose….sas Braves are playing so well only for a wildcard spot.

maybe u never know thats why they play the game

nc fan

August 8th, 2012
10:44 pm

nats sweep the astros,and the braves didnt

another aNiMaL

August 8th, 2012
10:46 pm

ssssSSSHHHHHHH! whispers> Mega Ultra Chicken is Legend…….arise…..ARISE Uggla…….ARISE…………..arise……Uggla…….. ARISE…….arise Uggla…….A-R-I-S-E!!!!

Sorry had to throw out some Aqua Teen Hunger Force humor involving Danny boy. ‘Billy Witch doctor dot com’ style. Is he local? Yeah….”With one convenient locations in Africa”.

Mega Ultra UGGLA MAN is LEGEND! Glad he’s coming around, couldn’t have picked a better time to break that slump, beat him up, and mug him of the 100 RBIs and 20 HRs in his pockets Dan looks like he could get violent enough like that if he gets angry. Nats, do you wanna see him angry? Do you REALLY wanna see him angry? Didn’t think so, stop winning every time we win or Danny is gonna get really angry!.

NCbrave

August 8th, 2012
10:50 pm

If this is Uggla’s hot streak coming then watch out. The Nats are the real deal this year with their starting pitching, but their bullpen is beginning to look very vulnerable. They will start to lose a few soon, their just getting by in all their games right now.

Lobosolo

August 8th, 2012
10:51 pm

nc fan, blow your nose and go wash your face… there is no crying in baseball… what a sniffling remark…

Teddy B

August 8th, 2012
10:52 pm

haha that was sweet aa, hope Uggla wakes up and stays up! These past few games I’ve been watching J-Hey and when he gets to batting 0-3 on the night I start to get nervous but tonight he woke up with that double. I just hate when my favorite player bats an 0fer. Heyward was in a mini slump but he shows signs he’s about to head up again every other game and then he just blows up.

Here’s to hoping that blow up starts tomorrow! I’d like to see him, Freddie, and Chipper really give it to them mets and mega ultra uggla contributes I hope!

BillEGoat

August 8th, 2012
10:56 pm

It MIGHT be “the year” for Washington, a season when things just seem to happen the right way for them. In a way, it might be a positive thing, after all the bad years that franchise had in Montreal, not much fan support, franchise owned by MLB, and players forced to have “home” games in San Juan, PR. Also, the Washington fans had so many years of a mediocre Senator team–and lost the franchise TWICE. Yes, I want the Braves to win, but it would not be a terrible thing for baseball if Washington won the division and the Braves got the wild card and played well in post-season.

Teddy B

August 8th, 2012
10:58 pm

When/if Danny Uggla gets on a real hot streak we should call him “Mega Ultra Uggla is Legend!”
We’ve been doing great with him asleep, I can’t imagine what we’ll do with him and Heyward fully woken up. Nationals Beware!

Rotunda Sy-phillys Obama

August 8th, 2012
11:03 pm

This is why the Braves suck. No killer instinct, no sense of urgency.

NCbrave

August 8th, 2012
11:04 pm

Nats barely escape against Astros for third straight night. The Astros blow, can’t believe we didn’t sweep them.

Teddy B

August 8th, 2012
11:04 pm

The nats will fall, BillEGoat. They are taking out Strasburg shortly and have no ace to replace him with. Golden Boy #2 Bryce Harper hasn’t done much lately. Pitchers are studying up on how to keep him quiet and he’s busy thinking of new ways he can injure himself in the tunnel with a bat to the face. No way to act when you fail bro, learn some morals.

The things our kids are going to pick up off this pun…er, guy during his days may be too much for most normal working class families. Hope my son is a strict Braves fan and to a lesser extent Pirates fan like myself.

Washington is just going through an easy stretch playing opponents with less games over .500. Out of the remaining games this season: Washington has many more games against real teams that are over .500 than the Braves do. Factor in fatigue on their pitchers and players, they’ll slow down to get within striking distance for sure. Its just a matter of time. I do hope 1 wild card goes to Pittsburgh just because they really did a whole lot to get to where they are today, as a kid after 1992 watching them was painful so thats when I switched to being a Braves fan 100%. Grew up in Pitts, 3 Rivers Stadium was 20 min from my house.

smithyred

August 8th, 2012
11:11 pm

Where is Tom Hart???? I sure hope he is just on vacation. He is the best at interviewes and extra insites of the game. I sure hope Sports South reads these entries and he is back on the air with the Braves pregame and postgame.

GRAPHITE

August 8th, 2012
11:20 pm

who cares………

Buzz 2011

August 8th, 2012
11:21 pm

The Nats win again..The Braves do not move on the Nats and will finish somewhere behind Washington.. Sorry, they are better!

ChipperisGod

August 8th, 2012
11:21 pm

Uggla might be back. This is the perfect time for him to get hot. He gets going, and Simmons comes back, our bullpen stays hot, we’ll keep winning consistently. Loved how the offense kept going and were able to rebound from watching that lead disappear.

Hudson’ll be back strong next time. That was his first bad start since the beginning of July.

Hope the Nats start running out of steam. They’re being pushed to the brink by the lowly Stros. Hope that tires em out a bit.

kevkat

August 8th, 2012
11:22 pm

NCbrave

August 8th, 2012
11:04 pm
Nats barely escape against Astros for third straight night. The Astros blow, can’t believe we didn’t sweep them.

You’re right. Hopefully they will get a stiffer challenge from Arizona and defintely San Fran

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

August 8th, 2012
11:30 pm

I hate to call someone out, but how could the first poster claim that Hudson was terrific tonight? He is one of my favorites, but he blew and 5 run lead…….just saying.

Go Braves.

chasjons

August 8th, 2012
11:31 pm

Great win and nice to see the bats alive again. I’m a little reluctant to think Uggla is back however. He is pulling the ball big time and shows no signs of going up the middle or opposite field like he did when he was hot last year. I hope he can turn it around literally and figuratively. Go Braves! Looking good.

blackdog

August 8th, 2012
11:36 pm

NorCal

August 8th, 2012
11:37 pm

Carroll,
I second Venice Jim’s 10:28…great first sentence. I even read it to my husband who is not a Braves fan and he liked it too. Hope it takes (Uggla’s making an impact, not Huddy’s nightmare!)

John Lenin

August 8th, 2012
11:39 pm

Good game. Braves don’t win one like this last year. Good to see Solo still revelling in his joy. Seriously tho bro…way to exercise some brevity.

Patrick

August 8th, 2012
11:59 pm

anyone that posts “first” should be smacked in the face. congratulations, youre glued to your computer.

personally, i think we should all be more concerned about uggla starting to heat up. theres no better time with a series at dc coming in about 7-10 days.

RaleighDawg

August 9th, 2012
12:04 am

…and another game in which a Brave strikes out trying to sacrafice…props to Huddy on his double, but he (as well as any other major leaguer) should be ashamed that he can’t lay down a bunt in three attempts…this has already bit us in the behind several times this year…hope it doesn’t come back again when the Braves are in the wildcard playoff…

RaleighDawg

August 9th, 2012
12:11 am

…and when is Fredi going to grow a pair and start pulling players (such as Huddy tonight and Uggla for the last several weeks) who aren’t getting it done…anyone who has watched over the Braves over the last few years knew Huddy was going to give up the lead to Howard – you could just feel it…Fredi should have pulled Huddy after Brown’s double in the fifth…this kissing up to your vets may make you popular with the players Fredi but I’m pretty sure you should be more concerned about winning instead of being liked…

Got a Chipper Jones bobble head

August 9th, 2012
12:31 am

Fredi has a case of the Bobby Cox syndrome in that he does not know when to change a pitcher. Hudson should not have been in the game to face Howard. Fredi should turn over handling the pitchers to someone else once the game starts. Glad the Braves won in spite of Fredi/

tom

August 9th, 2012
12:45 am

Fredi does not manage pitchers well. Come on, three hits and a hit batsman before Howard hits his homer. Hudson should have been out of the game before Howard came to the plate.

nc fan

August 9th, 2012
1:11 am

nc fan

August 9th, 2012
1:11 am

Davey Sprocket

August 9th, 2012
1:29 am

Well, the Nats did not sweep the Astros….yet. They still have one more in this series.
@TeddyB – The Nationals’ schedule does NOT include “many more games” versus .500-or-better clubs. It is 6. And the Nats will have played the fewest home games heading into the last 40+ games – they end with 27 home and 17 away to close out. Plus the advantage of basically owning the Braves this year (and at the very end of last year, too – remember?), dont’cha think? I would think that a team as young as Washington (4 rookies, pitchers average 26) would be less susceptible to wearing down than a team with 32 year old 2B, 40 year old 3B and a 36 year old “ace” of the staff.

double

August 9th, 2012
1:44 am

Errors & Excuses.Braves have greatly improved in errors.Now if we could overcome the pesky Nats.

jd56

August 9th, 2012
5:18 am

OK, I know it is an expected thing……….but..great job by Durbin tonight!

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milesarcher33

August 9th, 2012
8:15 am

There’s alot of chatter on other sites about Bourn going either to the Phillies or the Nats. I didn’t know that the Braves had put Bourn on waivers or are trying to get him through waivers. The Braves ought to keep him through the end of the season, but then again if he left via FA, they’d get nothing for him. I guess that’s why they’re trying to get rid of him now.

bostonbravo

August 9th, 2012
8:21 am

hope Uggla continues well enough to be worth something in trade.

Rick

August 9th, 2012
8:22 am

milesarcher33, there’s no indication that the Braves are getting rid of Bourn before the season is over. Many players are put on waivers even if the team does not intend to trade them or let them go. If someone claims the player, the team can pull them back. If they only put players on waivers that they wanted to trade, they lose leverage.

coach13

August 9th, 2012
8:24 am

THe BRaves need to use as much of Chipper’s money possible to resigin Bourn. Period. He is the most important piece of that lineup. Period.

JoshTown

August 9th, 2012
8:38 am

Everyone complaining about us and the Nats needs to take a step back. We can’t control how the Nats play other teams, or how those other teams play the Nats, unless it’s us. We played Philly, won 2 out of 3, and have a good set coming against the Mets. While frustrating, the Nats winning is literally out of our hands. US winning, isn’t. The Braves have been playing great baseball for quite a while now, and people writing them off with 50 games left is ridiculous. Let the schedule play itself out. Go Braves.

Brave New World

August 9th, 2012
8:40 am

The Nats are 4 games ahead of us now. There’s almost a third of a season to go. We’ll see where the Nats are after the first 162 games.

CRMAC300

August 9th, 2012
8:43 am

First I have heard about Bourn on waivers. Doesn’t seem likely, with the Braves in solid contention. Braves fans can forget re-signing Bourn, though. No matter what they offer him, half a dozen other teams will beat it. Look for him in a Philly uni next year. Braves in a box right now. Can’t trade him, the fan base would explode. Can’t re-sign him, not enough money available. Rock and a hard place!

Bob Horner's Blonde Mullet

August 9th, 2012
8:50 am

Why, OH WHY do the Braves insist on pitching to Howard? Especially Huddy. Year after year after year he kills us. Why not just pitch around the guy instead of serving up a weak 88mph pitch right into his wheelhouse?

Great win, but good lord – can we learn a lesson on Howard please?

Rick

August 9th, 2012
8:54 am

Bob Horner’s Blonde Mullet, even with the two homers in the series, Howard is only 6 for 31 (194 AVG) with 13 SO against the Braves so far this season. He’s still not where he used to be as a player.

Carl Farvman

August 9th, 2012
8:55 am

Let another club overpay for Bourne…………Let Uggla hit the road, as well. To have him ‘hot’ 2-3 months a season is not worth the headaches.

Lt Col Razorback

August 9th, 2012
8:56 am

It’s really good to see the Braves returning to their winning ways. It’s always good for them to win a series, but they are still 4 games back from Washington who has 5 straight wins to Atlanta’s only 1. Now they need to get back to winning, winning, winning and just hope that Washington start losing, losing, losing. There is still time for the Braves to climb back to the top of their Division, but not that much time. October and the play-offs will be here sooner than you think. And the Braves are still tied with the Pirates for 1st place in the wild card. They can’t afford even a few losses or Pittsburgh will take them out of contention for a WC berthTOO ! ::-(

Random

August 9th, 2012
8:58 am

RaleighDawg (August 9th, 2012 12:11 am): “…and when is Fredi going to grow a pair and start pulling players (such as Huddy tonight and Uggla for the last several weeks) who aren’t getting it done…”

You can’t win if you don’t play — you can’t sit your way out of a slump.

“anyone who has watched over the Braves over the last few years knew Huddy was going to give up the lead to Howard – you could just feel it…”

Only those like you with 20/20 hindsight.

(Actually, yours seems closer to 50-50 — hit and miss.)

jmor

August 9th, 2012
9:03 am

Freddie keeps getting away with using Cory Gearin in key situations…Two nights in a row he comes in and serves up a 400ft out. He should be pitching battng practice, but Freddie keeps using him in close games. He will cost the Braves a couple of games before they send him back to AAA.

biscuit

August 9th, 2012
9:08 am

You can depend on Huddy to work through some things every game for the first couple of innings before he finds a groove. Almost like he doesn’t really wake up until the 3rd inning or so and if the offense backs him up it works out ok. Had a relapse later in the game but the O came through for him. Crazy but I’ll take it.

bravesgirlforever

August 9th, 2012
9:11 am

hey~ after about a month + off, Uggla finally figured out how to hit. Sure hope he doesn’t forget again.l maybe he should give back at last one month’s salary…….

Mark (another one)

August 9th, 2012
10:41 am

Players are put on waivers and pulled back all the time. It’s a procedural way to determine which teams are interested in acquiring that player. Then talks can occur and possible trades can be made. Of course the waiver requirement can also spoil a trade.

If Bourn was on the wire, I doubt if the Braves have any intent to trade him, but someone might make an offer thay can’t refuse. My preference would be that he stays our CF for a long time but Wren has to run a business, and Bourn owes it to himself to maximize his value.

It is my understanding that if Bourn leaves through free agency the Braves receive some compensation in the form of draft picks. I guess that’s better than nothing but I hope it doesn’t come to that.

Memphis

August 9th, 2012
11:25 am

Just because a guy is put on waivers doesnt mean he’s gone…..

Joe Brave

August 9th, 2012
12:14 pm

Braves whupped that Phillies butt AGAIN. BRAVES OWN THE PHILLIES! Phillies very brief run of division titles is OVER and the Braves world record string of 15 IN A ROW is INTACT! Way to go Braves!

Phillies tried to buy a title and now are DONE for 3 to 5 years. Meanwhile, Braves are in the hunt until the end EVERY YEAR!

When you need a team to beat up on and get some wins, DIAL UP THE PHILTHASMELLPHIA PHILLIES! 9-3 this year…hoooooo-eeeeeeee, that’s an old fashioned aszz whupping! GO BRAVES!

Joe Brave

August 9th, 2012
12:17 pm

Nats pitching and bullpen is wearing down. They BARELY avoided losing the series to the Houston AAA squad (2 extra inning games, and all 3 wins were directly due to Houston errors).

As those pitchers arms wear out, the much fresher Braves will overtake them.

And even if not, we’ll gladly take the wildcard! MOST world series winners have been WILD CARD TEAMS.

DaculaJones

August 9th, 2012
1:01 pm

I agree,
The Braves wins lately have mostly been dominating wins.
The Nats. keep squeeking out wins against weaker teams.
They can’t keep that up.
Let’s see where we are at after another 20 or so games.

RaleighDawg

August 9th, 2012
1:47 pm

@Random – …the sun has been rising in the east for entire time I’ve been alive – after a while I just knew it was going to happen the next day… It doesn’t take hindsight to know that Hudson didn’t have it in the fifth…and I know you won’t believe me (again without the power of hindsight), but I’d told my son before Howard stepped in that he was going to take Hudson deep…and I also told him that some blind homer such as yourself would tag me with a hindsight rap after my post…thanks for proving me right again !

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Amber Girl

August 9th, 2012
2:31 pm

Could someone explain to dumb Amber what waivers are? And what do they mean?

Random

August 10th, 2012
10:41 am

RaleighDawg (August 9th, 2012 1:47 pm): “It doesn’t take hindsight to know that Hudson didn’t have it in the fifth…and I know you won’t believe me (again without the power of hindsight), but I’d told my son before Howard stepped in that he was going to take Hudson deep…”

I’ll take you at your word on that.

But how many times have you made a similar prediction and been wrong?

A stopped clock shows the correct time twice a day.

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