Hudson comes through in return as Padres edge BrewersMay 20, 2011 - 7:17 AM
Hudson, who was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list earlier on Thursday, delivered the game-winning RBI during the bottom of the ninth as the San Diego Padres edged the Milwaukee Brewers, 1-0, in a pitching duel.
Padres starter Aaron Harang threw eight scoreless innings, allowing just six hits, but it was Heath Bell (2-0) who picked up the win, hurling a one-hit ninth as San Diego spilt the two-game series.
"They're a fastball-hitting team, so you have to kind of keep them off- balance," Harang said. "I was able to go out and execute pitches when I needed to."
Brewers starter Chris Narveson threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings with four hits in the hard-luck no-decision. Marco Estrada (1-2) gave up the lone run of the game to get the loss, Milwaukee's second in three games.
Milwaukee All-Star left fielder Ryan Braun left the game in the fifth inning with a sore left shoulder. After he flied out to right field to end the top of the fifth, Carlos Gomez came into center and Mark Kotsay moved to left field to replace Braun.
With zeros littering the board, the Padres waited until their last at-bat to score and win the game.
Ryan Ludwick singled into right to start the inning. His pinch-runner, Eric Patterson, then swiped second before Estrada intentionally walked pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe.
Cameron Maybin's sacrifice bunt then put the winning run 90 feet away, and Estrada was forced to walk Chase Headley to load the bases with one out.
That set the table for Hudson's fly ball to right field. Corey Hart back- pedaled to make the grab but couldn't stop Patterson from scoring the winning run.
"I don't know if I would have thrown the changeup a little lower, little bit more away, probably would have had a ground ball, could have got out of the inning," Estrada said. "But I didn't want to fall behind, so I got too much of the plate."
The Padres did have a chance to score during the seventh. Maybin, who did not start the last two games because of a right knee injury, got on base by an error. He then stole second and advanced to third on Hudson's fly out. However, Rob Johnson grounded out to end the threat.
The Brewers had a runner on second with two outs during their last at-bat, but pinch-hitter Yuniesky Betancourt grounded out to keep the game scoreless and set up San Diego's final-inning heroics.
To make room for Hudson, the Padres optioned right-handed pitcher Evan Scribner to Triple-A Tucson before the game...It was Hudson's sixth career game-ending RBI (second this season)..The Brewers were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position while stranding nine baserunners...It was the 10th time in Harang's career that he went eight or more innings without giving up a run. The last time he did so was April 12, 2009.
- MILWAUKEE: 0
SAN DIEGO: 1
May 20 12:36 AM
- Orlando Hudson sacrifice fly out to right scored Eric Patterson to win the game.
Brewers 0, Padres 1 Bot 9, 2 OutsMay 20 12:36 AM
- MILWAUKEE: 0
SAN DIEGO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
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