Athletics 3, Angels 0
“I made some of my better pitches tonight on Glaus,” Hudson said. “After the third at-bat, I kind of wanted to apologize to him because he saw my best pitches.”
Glaus, back in the lineup after missing the previous four games because of tightness in his left hamstring, struck out all three times he faced the All-Star right-hander. He has fanned 18 times against Hudson, the most by any player in the majors. Teammate Tim Salmon is right behind with 16.
“He saved his best pitches for Troy,” said catcher Adam Melhuse, who hit one of Oakland’s home runs. “He threw some sinkers in that were just off the plate, cutters away that started on the corner and cut off the plate. He just pitched him amazingly tough tonight.”
Coming off a 2-1, complete-game victory over Seattle in which he threw just 86 pitches, Hudson (2-0) allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked none in 7 1-3 innings. The victory improved his record against the Angels to 13-5.
“Huddy was on his game tonight,” Anaheim’s David Eckstein said. “His sinker was moving great, he was cutting it a little bit every once in a while, and he had the off-speed pitch to go along with it.”
The Angels loaded the bases in the eighth. Rookie shortstop Bobby Crosby failed to turn a double play on Adam Kennedy’s comebacker, pinch-hitter Jeff DaVanon singled, and the pesky Eckstein hit his second straight Baltimore-chop single to third baseman Eric Chavez.
“It was an excellent ballgame—bases loaded, Vladimir Guerrero up there with a three-run lead in the eighth inning,” Oakland manager Ken Macha said. “That’s why the fans came out here. Fortunately, we made some pitches there,”
Arthur Rhodes pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save—a welcomed relief for Hudson, who had 13 no-decisions last season in which he left with a lead.
“The bullpen did a great job,” Hudson said. “These are the type of games in the past that I’d walk away from and get a no-decision for sure. But Ricon got a huge strikeout, and Jimmy made some really good pitches on one of the toughest hitters around.”
Hudson retired his first 10 batters with some defensive help from right fielder Dye and first baseman Scott Hatteberg. Dye made a sliding catch on his right side to take a hit away from Erstad in the first inning, and Hatteberg robbed Kennedy of extra bases with a diving stop down the line before tossing to Hudson at the bag.
Colon (2-1), who surrendered a career-worst 30 home runs last season with the Chicago White Sox, gave up his first homer in three starts with the Angels when the switch-hitting Melhuse drove his 2-1 pitch to left-center leading off the third inning for his first hit of the season.
Byrnes opened the sixth with his first homer, a drive into the left-field bullpen. Dye hit his sixth of the season into the same location one out later— also on an 0-1 pitch.
“Bartolo went after everybody. He’s a very aggressive pitcher,” Eckstein said. “We’ll take that outing by Colon every night, because usually, this club is going to come through and get enough offense to overcome that. He pitched a good game. I just wish we could have done something for him.”
Colon gave up three runs and nine hits in eight innings, striking out fiveand walking one.
The Angels paid tribute to their late team photographer, V.J. Lovero, before the game by dedicating the photo wells behind first and third base in his honor and placing permanent plaques inside them. Lovero, whose body of work with Sports Illustrated included 39 cover shots, died Jan. 12 at age 44 after a four-year battle with brain cancer. … Oakland traded RHP Chad Harville to the Houston Astros for RHP Kirk Sarloos and assigned Sarloos to Triple-A Sacramento. Harville was designated for assignment on Thursday when the A’s recalled RHP Rich Harden from Sacramento. … Crosby has not made an error in his first nine games as Miguel Tejada’s replacement. … Guerrero, back in right field after serving as the designated hitter the previous three games to give his sore right knee a rest, faced Hudson for the first time and was0-for-3 against him.