30 Apr 14

Tim Hudson twirled a gem tonight as he pitched 8.2 innings allowing 5 hits, striking out 6, and walking none. He threw an efficient 89 pitches, and 67 were strikes. His record increases to 4-1, and his ERA rests at 2.17. He allowed a homer to Yasmani Grandal, his second of the season.

The Giants scored in the first on Michael Morse’s two-out double that sent Hunter Pence home. Brandon Hicks hit another homer in the second, his fifth of the season. And Buster Posey’s two-out single off Dale Thayer in the seventh accounted the Giants’ final and ultimately winning run.

The Giants went 5-1 on the homestand, and begin on Friday a challenging and important roadtrip to Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles, all good teams despite Pittsburgh’s sputters and Atlanta’s difficulties this week with Miami. The Dodgers, well, what can we say about them? Except that a series with the Giants never fails to be newsworthy.