The D-Backs win against the Padres was big for a couple of wins. First, it’s the Padres and, well, you should ALWAYS beat the Padres. The disappointing effort in Friday’s 7-1 loss can now be salvaged with a win on Sunday. More importantly, however, is that the D-backs got a terrific effort from their number two starter, Daniel Hudson.
Hudson followed up a decent injury return start with an even better follow-up. He allowed just 2 runs over 8 innings in his second start after a DL stint. Especially with Ian Kennedy pitching mediocre lately, the D-Backs need a shut down starter and that’s just what he did Saturday against a sub-par Padres teams. Possibly more important is the number of innings that Hudson gave the D-Backs Saturday. By going 8 innings he allowed Gibson to hold back a bullpen that’s been up and down all season.
Hudson has allowed just 4 runs in his 13 innings after his injury–if you’re looking for any reason for the D-backs to get it turned around, his effort Saturday is as good as any.