Tim Hudson has been great at home this year, but rarely was he as good as he was Tuesday night. Hudson (5-2, 1.92) went seven shutout innings and helped the Giants blank the Chicago Cubs 4-0 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. It was one ground ball after another, 10 of the 16 batted outs were of the ground ball variety. He didn’t walk a batter, either.
The Cubs best chance to score came in the fourth inning with Giants leading 2-0. With two runners on and only one out, the Cubs couldn’t get the clutch hit from either Luis Valbuena or Welington Castillo. San Francisco added two more runs in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Buster Posey and a bloop, RBI single from Pablo Sandoval that made it 4-0.
And the way Hudson was rolling – it was game over.
Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.20) started for the Cubs and went six innings in suffering his first loss of the season. All four runs he yielded were earned, on seven hits. Blake Parker and Jose Veras went the seventh and eighth, respectively.
The Giants were off and running in the first inning, scoring a run on their first out – a sacrifice fly from Buster Posey. Michael Morse added an RBI single to make it 2-0 later in the inning.
Hudson is now 4-0 at home this year and the Giants are 5-0 in games that he starts at AT+T Park, and 7-2 overall when Hudson is on the mound.
The rubber game of the series will be played tomorrow afternoon, first pitch is set for 2:35 CST. The game will be televised on ComCast SportsNet and broadcast on radio on WGN AM 720. Edwin Jackson(3-4, 4.94) will go for the Cubs while Tim Lincecum (4-3, 4.55) will go for Bruce Bochy‘s Giants.