Tim Hudson is showing and proving that the San Francisco Giants made the right move in signing him as he pitched another beauty last night in the team's 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.
Coming into his start on Friday night, Hudson was just the third pitcher in baseball history to begin a season with four games of going seven innings and allowing zero walks. He joined Grover Cleveland Alexander of the 1923 Chicago Cubs and Tiny Bonham of the 1944 New York Yankees to accomplish this feat.
Hudson has opened up his Giants career by not surrendering a walk in 30-innings, a new franchise record. So during the first inning of Friday night's game, Hudson yielded his first walk of the season and his incredible streak was now over. For the fifth straight outing, Hudson lasted at least seven innings and improved his record to 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA in five games. The Giants are 4-1 in his starts.
He becomes the first Giants pitcher to throw at least seven innings in each of his first five starts to begin a season since Livan Hernandez did so back in 2002. The Giants made it all the way to Game 7 of the World Series that year.
Michael Morse homered once again last night and his six homers on the year are more than all the Giants left fielders combined for last season, which was five. During the Giants 12-10 win on Wednesday in Colorado against the Rockies, Morse crushed two homers on the day and it was his seventh career multi-homer game.
Angel Pagan was back in the Giants lineup on Friday and manager Bruce Bochy said his center fielder is dealing with a right knee issue that will be monitored. Bochy also said Pagan underwent an MRI that revealed a small chronic tear of his patella tendon.
The switch-hitter smacked two hits in the win and has 10 multi-hit games this season, tied for the most in the National League.
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