San Francisco Giants: Pitchers Who Rake

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Tim Hudson

Jul 31, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson (17) during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers defeated the Giants 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

What a wild ride 2015 has been for Hudson. In his final professional season, Hudson has pitched well, and he’s pitched not so well. He’s hit the disabled list three times for a variety of ailments, all of which can be attributed to his 40-year-old body not being able to handle the rigors as well as it used to. But in Arizona on September 8th, Hudson found the fountain of youth.

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  • He pitched six beautiful innings, looking like a much younger version of himself than he really is. He gave up a run on four hits while striking out four in six innings, in quite possibly his best start of the season.

    Hudson wasn’t a slouch at the dish in his earlier days. He tapped into that reservoir, as well. After Gregor Blanco led off the third inning with a solo home run off Chase Anderson, Hudson followed the lead, taking the pitcher 13 years his junior out of the park to left field. Back-to-back home runs are special. When a pitcher gets involved in the action, that’s downright magical.

    Hudson owned three career home runs prior to that shot, and it was his first since 2013, when he still with the Atlanta Braves. And just for good measure, Hudson added a bloop single to right field in his next at-bat.

    When Hudson hangs up his cleats, he’ll do so with a ton of memories of his time in San Francisco. That home run is just another one to smile at after it’s all said and done.

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