02 Jul

short but sweet?

Dakota Hudson, the former Mississippi State ace, was back in the big leagues on Saturday and looked as if he belongs. Recalled from Triple-A by St. Louis as the 27th man for a doubleheader, Hudson retired eight of the nine batters he faced in a scoreless relief outing in Game 2 against the New York Yankees. Whether Hudson might have earned a longer stay with the last-place Cardinals remains to be seen. The former first-round draft pick was sent to the minors in spring training and has been inconsistent at Memphis, posting a 5-4 record with a 6.00 ERA and missing a month with a neck injury. Hudson went 32-17, 3.61, for the Cards from 2018-22 following his first call-up. After missing most of 2021 due to Tommy John surgery, he was 8-7, 4.45, in 26 starts in ’22. His velocity reportedly was down this spring, and he lost his bid for a rotation spot. Note: The Cardinals lost Game 2 of the twinbill 6-2 as starter Matthew Liberatore (1-3, 5.68 ERA) allowed three early runs and ex-State star Chris Stratton, who replaced Hudson in the eighth inning, yielded three runs in the ninth. Stratton’s ERA rose to 4.73. P.S. An impressive display of power and speed carried the Mississippi Braves to an 11-5 win at Biloxi on Saturday. The Double-A M-Braves (2-2 in the second half) hit five homers and stole eight bases. Jesse Franklin V — Atlanta’s No. 13 prospect — hit three bombs and now has nine in 35 games. Prospects Tyler Tolve and Luke Waddell also went deep. Justin Dean stole a club-record four bags and now has 19 in 41 games for Mississippi.

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