Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants

CHC
0
SF
4
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CHC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
SF 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 X 4 9 0


Game Information
Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
Attendance: 41,060

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) After a broken right ankle with Atlanta last year threatened to end his career, Tim Hudson has emerged as one of baseball's best and most surprising offseason additions.

Hudson turned in another vintage performance to start this season, tossing seven innings to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Tuesday night.

"I couldn't have asked for a better start to my season with a new team, new organization, new teammates," said Hudson, who signed a $23 million, two-year contract with the Giants in November. "I hope they don't think I'm going to be this good all year."

Hudson (5-2) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked none. The 38-year-old has allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of his 10 starts, and he has pitched at least seven innings eight times.

"He's getting better with age," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Buster Posey drove in two runs, and Michael Morse and Pablo Sandoval singled home a run each to help the Giants (33-19) hold on to the best record in the majors. Jeremy Affeldt pitched a perfect eighth and Jean Machi pitched a perfect ninth to close out the Cubs, who will try again to win their first road series since last September in Wednesday's finale.

Jake Arrieta (1-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one but got no support with Hudson on the mound.

"He's a buzz saw," Arrieta said.

San Francisco's most reliable starter also might be its most unlikely.

In a rotation that includes All-Stars Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner and two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, Hudson has a 1.92 ERA. San Francisco is 5-0 in Hudson's home starts and 7-2 overall. That includes a rain-suspended game in his last start at Colorado, when he allowed one run in three innings coming off a hip injury.

Hudson joked that he tricks hitters with "smoke and mirrors" now before admitting that he's just learned to be a better pitcher at this point in his career. He said he's relying more on scouting reports, location and pitching to contact than trying to overpower hitters.

"From a command standpoint, this is probably the best I've been," Hudson said.

The three-time All-Star, who turns 39 in July, showed no signs of rust when he returned to the mound at pitcher-friendly AT&T Park.

Hudson retired the first eight batters until Arrieta grounded a single up the middle. He allowed two baseunners in the third and a one-out double to Mike Olt off the center-field wall in the fifth but quickly induced two outs each time.

"It was all Hudson. He did a great job," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.

Hudson left to a standing ovation from the announced sellout crowd of 41,060 after getting pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan to ground out with a runner on first to end the seventh.

San Francisco supplied all the runs Hudson needed in the first, when Angel Pagan singled and scored on Posey's sacrifice fly and Morse hit an RBI single. Posey hit another sacrifice fly to left with the bases loaded in the fifth before Sandoval's bloop single extended San Francisco's lead to 4-0.

Hudson handled the Cubs the rest of the way.

"He's had quite a career to this point," Bochy said. "He's got a lot of baseball left."

NOTES: Cain, who missed his last start with a strained right hamstring, will throw a bullpen session Wednesday and is expected to make his next start Saturday at St. Louis. ... Cubs reliever Wesley Wright was placed on the paternity leave list before the game, and Blake Parker was promoted from Triple-A Iowa. Parker allowed one hit in one inning of relief. ... Linececum (4-3, 4.55 ERA) starts for the Giants in the series finale Wednesday. The Cubs counter with RHP Edwin Jackson (3-4, 4.94 ERA).

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Pitcher Matchup
Jake Arrieta
Innings Pitched:6 (Loss)
H 7, R 4, 3.2 ERA
Tim Hudson
(Win) Innings Pitched:7
H 6, R 0, 1.92 ERA
 

San Francisco batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Angel Pagan CF 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 .319
Hunter Pence RF 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 .294
Buster Posey C 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 .261
Joaquin Arias 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .145
Pablo Sandoval 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .239
Michael Morse LF 4 0 2 1 0 1 2 .285
Tyler Colvin LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .286
Brandon Crawford SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .246
Ehire Adrianza 2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .167
Gregor Blanco CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .177
Tim Hudson P 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 .095
Jeremy Affeldt P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Jean Machi P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -

Chicago batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Emilio Bonifacio CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .276
Justin Ruggiano RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .231
Anthony Rizzo 1B 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 .263
Starlin Castro SS 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 .277
Luis Valbuena 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .258
Welington Castillo C 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .252
Nate Schierholtz RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .210
Mike Olt 3B 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 .174
Chris Coghlan LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .148
Jake Arrieta P 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .250
Blake Parker P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Jose Veras P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -

San Francisco pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Tim Hudson 7 6 0 0 0 5 96-63 1.92
Jeremy Affeldt 1 0 0 0 0 1 9-6 1.56
Jean Machi 1 0 0 0 0 2 12-9 0.36

Chicago pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Jake Arrieta 6 7 4 4 1 6 94-59 3.20
Blake Parker 1 1 0 0 0 0 13-9 10.13
Jose Veras 1 1 0 0 0 0 11-7 9.53