Absolutely dominant performance by the Braves today. Heyward had three hits and a walk, Simmons had three hits and his first three major league RBIs, and Dan Uggla had four hits, two of them home runs, to bring his career total to 200. Didn’t really need 11 runs, but saving them up for another day is, unfortunately, not how baseball works. If it was, there’d be no need for Pythagorean records, and think of how much less fun baseball would be without that.
On the other side of the ball, Hudson pitched a shutout with a good bit of help from the defense. Bourn made a nice play in the early going, Constanza ran down a John Buck drive, and Freeman grabbed a hard grounder in the 9th that would have ended the shutout. Hudson did throw the ball well tonight, too, don’t get me wrong. The bullpen got a rest, as he maintained a low pitch count for the entire night, and you can’t complain about that.
The MLB Draft has been going on since yesterday. It’s hard to get excited about it because, unlike the NFL and NBA, these are guys that might end up helping the team to win a few more games a few years from now, but it’s still something to follow. I know next to nothing about prep and college players, but the guys over at Talking Chop have compiled some scouting reports on the guys the Braves have grabbed so far. Take a look, if you’re into that sort of thing.