Seattle — Daniel Hudson pitched 6.2 innings of quality work. He allowed 1 run and struck out 6 in the Sox 6-1 victory. The only real mistake Hudson made was when he put a ball in Russell Branyon’s wheelhouse for an RBI double. Hudson had a lot better control than in his first outing, but he still walked 4. He will need to curtail the base-on-balls in the future. In the 2nd inning, he struck out the side in the 2nd inning.
Alex Rios drove in 3 runs. He had a sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning and a 2 run homer in the 5th. That was his 100th career home run. Andruw Jones also added a 2 run bomb in the 8th.
It’s important the Sox won game one of this series. It would also behoove them to win game 2 because Felix Hernandez will pitch in game 3. With both the Tigers and Twins losing tonight, the sox gain a game on both.
OTHER NEWS AND NOTES:
Carlos Quentin did not play today due to a bruise on his wrist. Sox GM Kenny Williams has not expressed much confidence in deals at the deadline. He has been consistent in his pursuit of Nationals’ slugger Adam Dunn, but the asking price is still too much.