Dan Hudson Wins Eighth In 4-1 Complete Game over Chicago

June 18, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

June 18, 2011

PHOENIX -- Former ODU pitching standout Daniel Hudson (Virginia Beach, VA.-ODU'08) tossed a three-hitter and his first complete game to lead Arizona to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox late Friday night. Hudson(8-5) has now won five straight games and eight of his last nine, this year. His ERA is 3.56 and he is 17-8 for his Major League career.

Eleven months ago, the Chicago White Sox sent Daniel Hudson and a minor league prospect to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Edwin Jackson, who he beat Friday night. It's becoming ever more obvious who got the better of the deal.

"He was throwing 3-2 changeups to guys. That is confidence. That is maturity," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We always liked him and when we traded him we knew he had a chance to be a good one. There was not any doubt in anyone's mind about that."

In his second major league season, Hudson improved to 15-6 since coming to Arizona. Hudson, who threw a career-high 119 pitches, was adamant about going out in the ninth inning.

"Going against the team that drafted me and gave me my first chance in the big leagues was a lot of fun," he said. "To do what I did was cool."

His performance follows Ian Kennedy's standout eight innings in the Diamondbacks' 3-2, 10-inning win over San Francisco on Thursday night. With the Giants losing at Oakland, Arizona pulled back within a half-game of first-place San Francisco in the NL West.

"They've been really solid 1-2," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "I don't think probably that people around the country look at Kennedy and Hudson like a formidable 1-2, but we don't care about that. We see what they do for us day in and day out, what they mean to this team."

Hudson's RBI double with two outs in the seventh ended the night for Jackson (4-6), who gave up four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

With Hudson pounding the ball down in the strike zone, shortstop Stephen Drew had 11 assists, 10 on groundballs and another on the game-ending double play on a bouncer to the pitcher.

Arizona's Justin Upton singled three times, his fifth straight multihit game. Upton, whose first career game-ending home run gave Arizona a 3-2 victory over San Francisco in 10 innings the Thursday night, singled in a run in the first inning, then scored from first on Miguel Montero's two-out double.

Hudson retired 16 in a row after walking Carlos Quentin in the first inning. The streak ended when Drew had trouble getting the ball out of his glove after fielding Alexei Ramirez's grounder and his throw pulled first baseman Juan Miranda just off the bag. Paul Konerko's solo homer in the seventh was Chicago's only run off Hudson.

Hudson notes: Hudson is 8-3 with a 2.60 ERA in his career at Chase Field. ... The Diamondbacks are 4-0 in interleague contests this season.. Hudson averaged 105 pitches a game entering the contest.

CHW  000 000 100=1-3-0
ARI  200 000 02x=4-9-1
Hudson(8-5) LP: Jackson (4-6)

Line IP H R ER BB SO Hudson 9 3 1 1 1 5

by STATS LLC and The Associated Press