Jason Kendall got hit by a Ramon Ramirez pitch last night in Cincinnati, which moved Kendall into sole possession of 6th place on the all time hbp list, with 231. That was Ramirez’s 1st career hit batter, making him the 9th pitcher ever to throw his first career plunk at Jason Kendall.
Kevin Kouzmanoff got hit again, this time by Levale Speigner, giving him 15 on the season, and extending the Padres record. Kouzmanoff got hit to lead off the 14th inning and scored the go ahead run, but still managed to strike out to end the inning. He’s the first player since Geoff Jenkins on August 23, 2006 to get hit by a pitch and strike out in the same inning against the same pitcher. Also, that plunk was the 25th of Kouzmanoff’s career.
David Eckstein collected his 125th career HBP, on a 9th inning plunk from Brian Fuentes. That moves Eckstein into a tie for 39th place on the all time list. That was Eckstein’s first plunk since joining the Diamondbacks, and was also the 40th of Fuentes career.
Gary Sheffield moved into a tie for 32nd place on the all time list, with his 132nd HBP, but he wasn’t in the mood to celebrate. It was the second time this season that he’s been hit by Fausto Carmona out of 4 total plunks for Sheffield. After taking first base, and watching Carmona throw over to 1st to hold Sheffield close to the bag, Sheffield finally remembered that he was planning to charge the mound. You know a guy is getting up there in years when he can’t even remember to charge the mound in a timely manner.
In Florida, the Phillies lost in a key playoff race matchup with the Marlins, but more importantly, Chris Coste got hit by a pitch to give the Phillies the lead in the race to be the most plunked team in the National League. The Phillies have 66, but they’re just one plunk ahead of the Marlins, Brewers and Nationals who all have 65.