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Hudson to the Rescue!

July 20, at Seattle

Dan Hudson
Mark Kotsay

Hudson is an easy pick, he snapped the Sox's 3-game skid en route to his 1st win of the season.  Kotsay was the lone starter who failed to get a hit, going 0-4 and leaving 4 runners on base.

Short Take:  Sox snap 3-game skid behind Hudson's strong outing and Rios' big day at the plate

One day after the Meltdown in Minnesota, the Sox put their faith in 23-year-old Dan Hudson, making his 2nd start of the season and 4th in his promising career.  Fortunately, the Pale Hose were visiting the smoldering crater formerly known as the Seattle Mariners, one of baseball's worst offensive teams that is actively tossing pricey veterans overboard.  Instead of facing Cliff Lee, the Sox were met by David Pauley.  A recipe for disaster?  On a lesser team maybe, but these Sox showed some spunk; Hudson battled through some jams and the Sox chipped away at Pauley and a slew of relievers to rebound from Sunday's disaster with a 6-1 win over Seattle.

Though a strikeout pitcher in the minors, Hudson is learning that things in the Show are a bit different.  After the Sox squandered an early chance to jump on the M's when Omar Vizquel was gunned down at the plate by Milton Bradley, Hudson walked Mr. .330 OBP Chone Figgins and paid 1 batter later when his low, lazy fastball to Russell Branyan ended up at the wall in the left/center gap, scoring Figgins and putting Seattle up early 1-0.

Hudson settled down, however, and Figgins' run was the only to score.  Though he weaved in and out of trouble; the M's had 2 on and 1 out in the 3rd and the bases loaded in the 4th, he made the pitches when needed and occasionally found the right stroke of luck.  He also flashed brilliance, retiring Ichiro three times (although he reached on error) including striking him out to lead off the game.

The Sox, meanwhile, even the score in the 3rd on a sac fly by Alex Rios.  In his next plate appearance, he broke the game wide open, blasting a 2-run bomb in the 5th that was a no doubter.  It put the Sox up 3-1 and against the struggling Mariners, essentially put the game out of reach.  Andruw Jones added a solo home run and sizzling Gordon Beckham added an RBI double in the 8th.  It was an all-around well played game by the South Siders who showed no signs of hangover from their embarrassing loss Sunday afternoon.

Hudson only lasted 6.2 innings, and although Matt Thornton didn't have his best outing, he, Tony Pena, and Scott Linebrink all teamed up to toss 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

The Sox and Mariners meet again tonight.  John Danks will take the hill for the Sox against Doug Fister.  Game time is 9:10 PM Central time and it will be aired on WGN.

TBGR Diary:
 He's no Jake Peavy, but Hudson wore the hat as a stopper beautifully.

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