SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Hudson has the most wins of any active pitcher, but the Giants couldn’t get one in his final start.
Hudson was pulled in the third inning of a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers, but the fans didn’t care much about a pitching line Hudson would just as soon forget. He received a standing ovation when he took the mound and another one when Bruce Bochy took the ball from him with two on in the third.
Hudson got hugs from each of his infielders and a big bear hug from Madison Bumgarner, who stood out in front of the dugout. As he hugged each of his teammates, the park roared and the Dodgers applauded from the top step of the dugout. Hudson threw his cap into the stands as he went into the dugout, bringing an end to a brilliant 17-year career.
The Dodgers scored one run off Hudson in the second and two more off Jeremy Affeldt once Hudson departed in the third.
The Giants briefly rallied in the eighth but Matt Duffy's two-out liner to right left the tying run on second.
Starting pitching report: Hudson gave up three hits and three earned in 2 1/3 innings. He’ll finish his career with 222 wins.
Bullpen report: Ryan Vogelsong, who is not retiring, gave up one hit over four innings. He struck out six. He can help a rotation next year, somewhere.
At the plate: Jarrett Parker singled, reached on an error, and scored on Angel Pagan’s pinch-hit single. That was the highlight.
In the field: Chase Utley is apparently pretty good at third. That should help the Dodgers in October.
Attendance: They filmed scenes from the upcoming Full House reboot during the game. It was … well, it didn’t go over well. The players didn’t seem particularly thrilled. Also, Boy Meets World was way better.
Up next: The final series of the year. Chris Heston, Jake Peavy (who will be on SportsTalk Live tonight, by the way) and Yusmeiro Petit will likely face the Rockies.