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Thursday, September 6th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (56-79) at Atlanta Braves (77-60), 12:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Jhoulys Chacin (2-4, 4.85)
Atlanta - Tim Hudson (13-5, 3.76)
(Sports Network) - Even at the age of 37, Tim Hudson has been one of the
Atlanta Braves' most consistent pitchers this season.
Hudson, though, put forth a disappointing effort in his last trip to the mound
and he'll look to rebound on Thursday afternoon in the finale of a four-game
series with the Colorado Rockies.
The veteran lost for the first time in 11 starts on Saturday against the
Philadelphia Phillies, getting roughed up for five runs on nine hits and three
walks in five innings of work. His seven-decision win streak came to a halt
with his first loss since July 1, leaving him 13-5 with a 3.76 earned run
average through 23 starts this season.
Atlanta had gone 9-1 over his unbeaten streak.
"Honestly, I wasn't very good today," Hudson told Atlanta's website following
the setback. "They caught me on a bad day, and it was a one-sided ballgame."
The righty won't be looking at the tape from his previous outing against the
Rockies in an effort to get back on track.
In Colorado on May 4, Hudson was hammered for six earned runs over six innings
and did not factor into an eventual 9-8 victory. Atlanta had to rally after
Hudson yielded three run-scoring singles during a five-run first for the
In nine lifetime meetings with the Rockies, Hudson is 4-2 with a 4.87 ERA.
For the Rockies, they are left wondering what kind of season 24-year-old
Jhoulys Chacin could have put forth had he been healthy.
Chacin missed nearly four months of action due to a right shoulder ailment and
has gone 2-1 in three starts since his return, logging 18 innings and giving
up just three runs.
The right-hander is coming off a win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday as
he held them to a run on five hits and two walks in a 9-1 triumph.
"He was unbelievable. That was the best I've seen him," Rockies outfielder
Dexter Fowler said of Chacin's effort. "It was definitely a bright spot for
Chacin is 2-4 with a 4.85 ERA in eight games this season and has struggled in
two previous encounters with the Braves. He is 0-1 and has lasted a combined 9
2/3 frames, yielding nine runs on eight hits and 13 walks.
Pitching dominated Wednesday's meeting between these clubs, with Atlanta's
Mike Minor taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a 1-0 win.
Minor had his bid broken up by a Jordan Pacheco single to begin the frame, but
struck out three of the next four batters faced to end the inning and his
"He's a good pitcher, so you know when he has command of all of his pitches,
it is tough to get to him," Braves center fielder Michael Bourn said of Minor.
"He throws pretty hard. He comes from the left side and has some movement. He
throws the ball well, man. He's only going to get better as he continues to
learn and continues to develop as a pitcher."
Eric O'Flaherty logged the first two outs of the eighth and Craig Kimbrel
posted a four-out save to give the wild card-leading Braves their third
victory in four games.
Chipper Jones scored the game's lone run in the fourth inning on Brian
McCann's force out, handing Colorado's Alex White a tough-luck loss.
White hurled four innings and was charged with an unearned run due to an error
on the scoring play.
"I am extremely disappointed that we got beat," Rockies manager Jim Tracy
said. "As we have been doing for the last five weeks, we've played as hard as
you can ask a club to play, but we couldn't get a timely hit."
Colorado has lost six of its last seven to Atlanta, a span that includes
getting swept in three games at home from May 4-6. The Braves have won 11 of
the previous 14 encounters overall.
09/06 10:27:12 ET