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


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