Atlanta Braves starter Tim Hudson simply refused to be denied his 200th win last night.
The veteran right-hander did it all en route to guiding his club to an 8-1 over their division rivals in the Washington Nationals.
Hudson threw seven strong innings of three-hit baseball, walking just one National hitter while striking out six. But Hudson’s performance at the plate threatened to steal the limelight away from his pitching milestone.
He belted a double off of Washington starter Gio Gonzalez in the second, and clubbed a fifth-inning home run off of reliever Zach Duke as an encore. The homer caromed off the glove of a leaping Bryce Harper before tumbling over the outfield fence.
With the win, Hudson becomes just the third active MLB player with at least 200 career wins, joining Yankees starter Andy Pettitte (248) and Phillies starter Roy Halladay (201).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Hudson is only the second pitcher ever to hit home run in his 200th win. The other was Cleveland’s Bob Lemon, who did so on September 11, 1956.
Hudson’s performance last night was certainly to remember. The 37-year-old is now 200-105 on his career, but of all of those wins, none were notched with more style than number 200.
Congratulations to Hudson.