Friday, April 22, 2011

You Stink!

The staff at Offbase (Derwood, MTD and a squirrel named Lenny) scour the box scores from time to time to find a truly horrid pitching performance. We call it You Stink!

Our first installment takes us to Cincinnati, former home of Greg Cadaret, Pokey Reese and Marge Schott. This franchise has had its share of stink, but during Thursday's get-away day, visiting Arizona brought an odor with them in the form of Daniel Hudson.

Hudson had been a serviceable starter heading into his afternoon start-19 IP, 9 ER, 23 K-8 BB-but the righty got his stench on right away. After a quick fly out to start the first, Hudson gave up two singles and two walks, which forced in a run, but the Red Stockings were just getting started. Miguel Cairo, who launched himself into early-MVP discussion with his 1-for-3, 2 RBI start to the season (he's cooled off since), again moved past John Bowker in the early voting by ripping a two-run single to make it 3-0. Hudson hit a batter and walked in another run and by the time the nine-batter, 36-pitch inning was over, the Diamondbacks hurler needed a change of dungarees.

Hudson gave up a solo home run to Joey Votto in the fifth, then in the sixth walked nemesis Cairo before giving up an RBI-double, which mercifully ended the right-hander's night after 101 mostly-horrifying pitches. Sam Demel was even nice enough to allow one of the inherited runners to score on a single, leaving Hudson with a line of 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 4 BB.

Daniel Hudson: YOU STINK!

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