ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 8-1 triumph over the Nationals on Tuesday, aka the night of Tim Hudson's 200th career victory:
1. The third time was the charm in Hudson's bid for 200
In the press box during the latter innings, we had a tough time confirming whether Hudson became the 111th or 113th pitcher to enter the 200 Club (Baseball Reference, Fan Graphs and Wikipedia all say 113).
But that research could not compare to the needle-in-the-haystack task of instantly verifying how many MLB pitchers had belted a homer on the same night of capturing 200. But eventually, the answer came (from Stats, Inc):
Hudson and Hall of Famer Bob Lemon (1956 with the Indians) are the only pitchers to pull off the double feat.
Hudson's homer came in the fifth inning, launching a Zach Duke fastball to the wall in right field ... before getting some, uh, assistance from Washington slugger Bryce Harper, who partially deflected the ball into the seats.
"It was a fun ga...