Tim Hudson pitched his third career one-hitter Wednesday as the Braves roughed up Zack Greinke and beat the Brewers 8-0 in the second game of a doubleheader.
Rickie Weeks was the only Brewer to reach base against Hudson. He doubled in the fourth and walked in the ninth. Hudson retired the other 27 batters he faced, striking out six of them, to move to 4-2 and lower his ERA to 2.86.
Hudson’s previous one-hitters came Aug. 28, 2000 for the A’s against the White Sox and May 1, 2006 for the Braves against the Rockies. It was his 24th complete game and 12th career shutout. Roy Halladay (19) and Chris Carpenter (13) are the only active hurlers with more shutouts than Hudson.
Greinke wasn’t very sharp in his Brewers debut, surrendering five runs — four earned — in four innings. He struck out six and dealt with some less-than-stellar defense, but he missed within the strike zone quite a bit, most notably on Nate McLouth’s two-run homer in the fourth.
The Braves also won the first game of the doubleheader 8-3 and will get to go for a four-game sweep of the Brewers on Thursday.
Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.
While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.
Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.
Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.
SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.
Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.
Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.
At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.
In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.