Very rarely does a pitcher do great things both on the mound and at the plate with a bat, but Daniel Hudson certainly did in the Diamondbacks 4-1 victory over the visiting Dodgers on Sunday afternoon to give Arizona a series win to start the second half of the 2011 campaign.
On the mound, Hudson was brilliant in winning his 10th game of the season and his 17th game since coming to Arizona. The right-hander would throw nine innings of five-hit ball, allowing only a run in the seventh inning after Matt Kemp scored on a wild pitch. The complete game for Hudson was his in just a month.
At the beginning of the game, Huddy would retire the first nine Dodger batters and 12 of the first 13 during the first four innings. Hudson would get into some trouble in the fifth and seventh innings, but would escape with only Kemp scoring the lone run for the team from the City of Angels.
Oh yeah, Arizona’s number two starter was pretty good with the bat as well. Never been known as much of a hitter when he was in the White Sox organization, Hudson has been great in 2011 and continued on with his good season with his bat on Sunday.
Huddy hit a solo home run in the sixth inning off Dodgers starter Ted Lilly that just barely got over the left field fence for his first homer of the season. An inning later, the starter would hit a soft single through the hole into left field to give his team a three-run advantage and essentially put the game away for good.
Sunday was not a bad days work for Hudson. He lowered his ERA from 3.74 to 3.56, grabbed double digit victories for the first time inn his career, upped his batting average on the season to .359 and his RBI total to 12. Not too shabby for an afternoon at the office.