HBPs of note: April 24, 2010
Jason Kendall hadn’t been plunked by a right handed pitcher on a 1 ball, 2 strike count in the 5th inning since Salomon Torres hit him on June 10, 1997. But yesterday, Nick Blackburn faced Kendall in the 5th inning, and after running the count to 1-2, he threw Kendall’s 249th career HBP. Blackburn joins the “pitchers who have plunked Jason Kendall” club as it’s 196th member, and the 4th born in Oklahoma. He joins Brad Radke, Boof Bonser, LaTroy Hawkins, Jesse Crain, and Travis Bowyer as the only Minnesota Twins to plunk Kendall, but Blackburn is the first to do it in an odd numbered inning. That was Kendall’s 46th plunk on a Saturday, his 24th in the fifth inning, his 5th plunk on a 1-2 count in the 5th (3 of those by lefties), and his 5th plunk in the 5th inning on Saturday. That was Kendall’s first plunk with the Royals, which puts him in a 64 way tie for 160th place on the Royals all time plunks list.
In other plunk news , Josh Willingham got hit by a pitch at Nationals Park, which means he has tied Nick Johnson for the park record with 9 HBPs. Dodgers rookie Carlos Monasterios threw that one, and it was his first major league plunk thrown.
Also, Casey Jansson hit John Jaso with a pitch, which was Jaso’s first plunk but it was also the 1,000th plunk ever thrown by a pitcher born in 1981. Jansson got to throw the 1000th for his birth year only because fellow 1981 born pitcher Adam Wainwright hit Mark DeRosa twice a little early in the evening. Jaso is the 98th batter to be plunked for the Rays, in team history.
Gaby Sanchez got hit by a pitch for the first time in his career, making him the 122nd batter to take one for the Marlins.