03 Aug

ups and downs

Up: Dakota Hudson showed signs that he may be back on track for St. Louis, throwing seven strong innings Wednesday night in a 7-3 win against Minnesota. Once a solid member of the Cardinals’ rotation, the Mississippi State product made just his second start (eighth appearance) of 2023 and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He wound up with a two-hitter — one of those a three-run homer by ex-Southern Miss star Matt Wallner — while striking out seven and walking three. He is 2-0 with a 4.10 ERA this season, having spent most of the year in Triple-A. The 28-year-old right-hander mixed his sinker and slider to great effect against the first-place Twins. “It’s just about staying clean with my delivery, not trying to overdo stuff and letting the ball move,” he told mlb.com. Hudson, who debuted with St. Louis in 2018 after a stellar minor league career, is 34-17, 3.64, for his MLB career. An arm injury in 2020 knocked him off course, and he has battled inconsistency the past couple of years. With St. Louis in retool mode and looking for starters for 2024, Hudson will get a chance to make his case the next two months. More ups: DeSoto Central High alum Austin Riley hit his 25th homer of the year in Atlanta’s win over the Los Angeles Angels and went back-to-back with Matt Olson for a franchise record sixth time. … The Braves have assigned first-round pick Hurston Waldrep, who pitched for USM in 2021-22, to Low-Class A Augusta. … Ex-MSU star Colton Ledbetter went 2-for-4 with a homer in his pro debut today for Tampa Bay’s Florida Complex League team, and USM product Tanner Hall and Ole Miss alum Jack Dougherty, both 2023 draftees, have been assigned to Minnesota’s FCL club. … Olive Branch native Kendall Williams has been named the Class A Midwest League’s pitcher of the month for July by Minor League Baseball. Williams was just promoted from Great Lakes to Tulsa in the Dodgers’ chain.
Down: Big league veteran Corey Dickerson was released by Washington on Wednesday. The McComb native was batting .250 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 50 games for one of the National League’s worst teams. At 34, Dickerson may have tough time getting back in the game. The lefty-hitting outfielder is a .280 career hitter with an All-Star Game nod and a Gold Glove on his resume but has been mostly a platoon player in recent years. Originally drafted by Colorado out of Meridian Community College, Dickerson has played for eight different MLB teams, four over the last three seasons. He signed a $2.25M free agent deal with the Nationals in the off-season. … More downs: Ex-USM star Nick Sandlin, on in relief for Cleveland, gave up a home run to Houston’s Chas McCormick on his first pitch and took the loss as the Guardians fell to Houston 3-2. … MSU product Jordan Westburg got picked off first base for the final out as Baltimore squandered a game at Toronto. … Former UM standout James McArthur, recalled by Kansas City on Tuesday, was sent back to Triple-A on Wednesday without getting in a game. He made his big league debut on June 28 and it remains his lone appearance.

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