The third time’s a charm.
After failing twice on the road to get his 200th career victory, Tim Hudson joined former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz in the 200 club last night when the Braves defeated the Nationals 8-1.
Hudson helped his own cause in the fifth inning by hitting an opposite field home run off Nationals’ Zach Duke. Bryce Harper had a chance to make the play at the wall, but when he jumped and hit the wall, the ball popped out and went over the fence.
Chip Caray had the call on the Sports South Network:
Hudson became the second pitcher in the history of MLB to homer in the same game in which he notched his 200th career win. Bob Lemon was the first.
Hudson had the opportunity to reach his milestone in front of his home crowd, but also his family.
Hudson’s wife, Kim, tweeted (@kimberlybhudson) after her husband hit the home run, “There’s no crying in baseball, but if there was…HOLY COW! GO BABY GO!”
The opportunity to win his 200th game in front of the Braves fans and his family was special for Hudson, he said.
Hudson went seven strong innings, held the Nats’ potent offense to just three hits and stuck out six.
He became the 110th pitcher to reach the milestone, and he said he was in the zone last night.
The Braves and Nationals get back at it tonight at 7:10 p.m.