Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dave Bush ties Brewers record for career hit batters!

HBPs of Note: June 15, 2009

There were only three plunks in the two MLB games played yesterday, but they were all significant. Dave Bush of the Brewers entered last night's game needing to hit just 2 batters to tie Jamey Wright for the Brewers career franchise record in hitting batters. If you were going for such a record, you couldn't pick a better opponent than the Cleveland Indians. They lead the major leagues in getting plunked this year, by a wide margin, and last year they set a new modern record for team plunks in a season with 103 HBPs. Bush threw his 48th plunk in a Brewers uniform to Jamey Carroll in the third inning, and followed up with a plunk of Kelly Shoppach in the 4th. It was Shoppach's 14th HBP of the season, which puts him 3 ahead of Chase Utley for the Major League lead. But for Bush, it was his 49th plunk since joining the Brewers in 2006, and ties Jamey Wright for the Brewers franchise record. Bush also moved into the Major League lead with 10 plunks this season, and he's now the only pitcher in the league who has hit at least 10 batters in each of the last 5 seasons. Since the time Bush joined the Brewers at the beginning of 2006, he has now hit more batters than any pitcher in the league, passing Vicente Padilla last night. Padilla has thrown 48 since 2006. Bush also now holds the Dave Bush era record for hitting batters - since he joined the league in 2004, he's hit 68 batters, two more than runner-up Vicente Padilla, and 5 more than Tim Wakefield and Bronson Arroyo in the years Bush has been in the league.

Meanwhile, the Angels faced the Giants last night with John Lackey pitching. Lackey entered the game 3 plunks behind Chuck Finley for the Angels franchise record in plunking batters. But, he only got one of them, hitting Nate Schierholtz. Lackey has now hit 69 batters in his career, all with the Angels, and he's just 2 behind Finley's total of 71.

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