LOS ANGELES -- Tim Hudson hit his spots in key situations Saturday afternoon, Carlos Frias did not. That turned out to be the difference as the San Francisco Giants pulled off another win against the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-2, at Dodger Stadium.
The Giants benefited from a pair of two-run homers off Frias, while Hudson seemed to benefit from an extra wide strike zone from home plate umpire Chris Guccione, according to Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal.
"[Hudson] worked with what the umpire gave him, giving him about a ball-and-a-half away," a clearly frustrated Grandal said after the game. "He's a veteran, and when you do that, he's going to keep on throwing it there."
Frias made two of his biggest mistakes in the fifth inning, allowing a two-out single to Hudson, followed by a two-run homer on a 0-2 pitch to Justin Maxwell, which gave the Giants the lead for good at 4-2. Frias left another changeup up in the strike zone in the sixth inning and Brandon Belt bounced it off the top of the right-field wall for another two-run homer, expanding the lead to four runs.
"That was two big mistakes," Frias said. "There's no room for mistakes. I have to prepare myself, mentally, for late in the game."
Grandal said Frias still needs to have a better feel for situations, such as where to place the ball when he's ahead in the count.
"At times, I think he gets away from that," Grandal said. "When he does, that's when he gets hurt."