Though it’s been seven weeks since Tim Hudson last earned a victory, he’s often been deserving of a better outcome.
Hudson (4-6, 4.17 ERA) has had a rough go of late, compiling an 0-5 record and a 4.47 ERA over his last eight outings while receiving just 10 runs of support. The right-hander, whose only other winless streak to last this long was an eight-start stretch in 2002, owns a 1.57 ERA in four outings this month.
“I feel good about how I’m throwing the ball,” Hudson told MLB’s official website. “If I keep throwing it the way I’m throwing, the wins will come.”
He allowed one run over seven innings Monday in a 2-1 walkoff victory over the New York Mets.
“Hudson did his job, he really did,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We can’t ask any more from him.”
Hudson is 4-4 with a 3.30 ERA over 10 career matchups versus Milwaukee. He gave up four runs over 6 2-3 innings in his only start against the Brewers last year, a 5-0 road loss Sept. 11.
The Brewers (30-42) took Friday’s series opener 2-0 behind seven strong innings from Wily Peralta and Jean Segura’s three hits, including his 11th homer. Milwaukee has outscored the Braves 29-9 during a seven-game winning streak at Miller Park.
Loser in four of five overall, Atlanta (43-32) was limited to two singles en route to being shut out for a major league-high 10th time. The Braves are hitting .172 with runners in scoring position in June, including 1 for 8 on Friday.
“A couple of times tonight we could have used that one hit,” second baseman Dan Uggla said. “We had a couple of opportunities here and there. We need to start taking advantage of those.”
The Braves have dropped a season worst-tying four straight on the road, where they are 11-21 since April 19.
“It’s just part of the game,” said B.J. Upton hitting a major league-low .171. “You play long enough you are going to get in stretches like this. Just got to find a way. We are a good enough ballclub. We’ll be fine.”
With Marco Estrada and Hiram Burgos still sidelined, the Brewers give the ball to rookie Donovan Hand (0-0, 3.38) for his first big league start. The right-hander has allowed six runs over eight relief appearances spanning 13 1-3 innings.
“I’m going to go out like I’m the long guy in the bullpen, which I’ve done. I’ll go out until they tell me to stop,” he said. “It’s an opportunity, if nothing else to go out and work on some pitches. Get off to a good start with two good innings, three good innings and see what happens after that.”
Betancourt, held out of Friday’s starting lineup before flying out as a pinch hitter, is 6 for his last 49 with 13 strikeouts. Weeks is batting .352 with three homers while hitting safely in 15 consecutive starts, but he’s sat out the last two games.