Hudson and the Iron Man
Tim Hudson continued to roll and show why he was the A's opening day starter, and also why he's the one of the big three A's starters that would be most important to re-sign, leading Oakland to victory over Anaheim with 7 1/3 shutout innings. Hudson gave up six hits, just one for extra bases (a double hit by ex-teammate Jose Guillen), walked none, and got seven strikeouts, before the bullpen came in to preserve the victory. Bartolo Colon also pitched well for the Angels. He gave up three home runs, but they were all one-run jobs, and those were the only runs he allowed in eight innings. David Eckstein said:
We'll take that outing by Colon every night, because usually, this club is going to come through and get enough offense to overcome that. He pitched a good game. I just wish we could have done something for him.And he's right. Three runs in eight innings is certainly a quality start, no matter how those three runs came, and the Angels will generally muster enough offense to put a W in the book, but nothing's guaranteed when you're facing Tim Hudson. The A's kept the heart of Anaheim's order, Vlad Guerrero, Garret Anderson, and Troy Glaus, 0-12 overall with six strikeouts. Eric Byrnes played left instead of Bobby Kielty, but it payed off again, as Byrnes hit one of the three homers and also popped his second double of the year. Adam Melhuse also homered while giving Damian Miller a rest. Two negative notes:
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