Braves Beat Mets But Tim Hudson Gets Ankle Broken

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Atlanta's Tim Hudson to undergo surgery for broken ankle.
Atlanta's Tim Hudson to undergo surgery for broken ankle.
- photo by Tim Evearitt
NEW YORK -- What had the makings to be a memorable victory at Citi Field on Wednesday night instead turned into a game that will best be remembered as one in which a masterful Tim Hudson was carted off the field with a fractured right ankle.

By the time the Braves completed their 8-2 win over the Mets, there was little reason to celebrate the home runs Evan Gattis, Dan Uggla and Andrelton Simmons hit off Jeremy Hefner. There was simply concern for Hudson, who was forced to exit after Eric Young Jr. stepped on Hudson's right ankle in the eighth inning.

Hudson will have surgery in Atlanta when the swelling subsides.

After Young's sharp grounder bounced off first baseman Freddie Freeman's chest, Hudson raced to the first-base bag in time to get the feed from Freeman and retire Young. But as Young ran through the bag, he landed on Hudson's right ankle.

Hudson fell face first to the ground in pain and remained there until medical personnel arrived and carted him to the clubhouse.

It was a horrific end to what had been an otherwise terrific performance for Hudson, who entered the eighth having surrendered just three hits and no runs. The only two runs charged to him scored after his exit, when Daniel Murphy doubled off left-handed reliever Luis Ayala.

Before Hudson's injury, the Braves had distanced themselves from the offensive struggles in their previous three games, in which they totaled four runs and stranded 28 runners.

While Gattis was riding the subway to Citi Field on Monday afternoon, he was surprised to run into Hefner, his former teammate at Seminole Junior College. The two shared a nice conversation. Later at the ballpark, Gattis introduced his friend to the power that has doomed a number of other pitchers this season.

Gattis provided the Braves an early lead off Hefner with the monstrous solo homer he sent into the second level of seats beyond the left-field wall with two outs in the second. Gattis added one of the two fifth-inning singles that preceded the three-run shot that Uggla sent into the left-field seats.

After Uggla hit his 20th home run, Simmons capped a five-run fifth with a two-run home run off Hefner, who was charged with six earned runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.

When the Braves entered this season, Simmons appeared to be their only everyday player not capable of hitting at least 20 home runs. But the talented shortstop has already produced 11 homers, including four in his previous seven games.

---- Source: MLB.com


Local Tennis Teams Win State Titles

Three Chattanooga tennis teams claimed state championships Sunday in the USTA State Junior Team Tennis Championships at The Champions Club in Rivermont. Five hundred players from across the state competed in various age divisions. Local team winners were Chattanooga Blue Aces (12U beginner), Chattanooga Lightening (14U)  and Chattanooga Heat Strokes (18U Intermediate) ... (click for more)

Chattanooga to Host Southern Open Badminton Championship, Aug. 1-3

The Southern Open Badminton Championships, a USAB sanctioned tournament, will be held in Chattanooga Aug. 1-3 at Maclellan Gym. The Southern Open is a non-ranking tournament open to all types of amateur badminton players.   Tournament Information August 1-3, 2014 40 different events Register online  or Download paper  form ... (click for more)

23-Year-Old Stabbed To Death Early Sunday Morning

A man was stabbed to death in Chattanooga early Sunday morning. At approximately 2:48 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to 2525 6 th  Avenue Court for a person stabbed.  Officers located a 23-year-old suffering from a stab wound to his chest.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injury.  The victim’s information ... (click for more)

Man, 21, Arrested In Hidden Camera Case

An arrest has been made in a case in which a hidden camera was apparently placed in several local restrooms. Chattanooga Police last Sunday, received from a citizen a hidden camera that apparently had been placed by an unknown suspect in the men’s restroom at the Chattanooga Billiards Club downtown.  The footage from the camera was reviewed by Investigators with the ... (click for more)

An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: O’Reilly’s Rant On Race

I don’t really care whether you like Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly but I strongly believe I must share an urgent transcript with you of what he said earlier this week. It’s been talked about on every network and it speaks boldly to the very heart of an American epidemic. Last weekend in Chicago 47 people were shot and five of them died. Black-on-black shootings have gotten ... (click for more)