Jose Valdez had never hit a major league batter before last night, but then he faced Rickie Weeks in the 6th inning. And that’s how Valdez’s career streak of batters faced without hitting anyone ended at 6. For Weeks, it was his 70th plunk while batting from the leadoff position, and he’s only 6 away from Geoff Jenkin’s record for Brewers plunks. It was also Weeks 39th plunk at Miller Park, and his first HBP thrown by a pitcher named Jose. Weeks has been hit 10 times now by pitchers who were 28 years old at the time of the plunking, and he has 7 HBPs against the Astros. He’s tied with Ryan Braun and Josh Willingham for the 2nd most plunks by an active player facing the Astros, and 1 behind Wes Helms, who has 8 plunks against the Astros.
Along with Weeks, Sean Rodriguez and John McDonald were plunked yesterday, which means 3 of yesterday’s 5 plunks were recorded by 2nd basemen. Through yesterday, 2nd Basemen have been hit 24 times this year, catchers have been hit 24 times, 3rd Basemen have been hit 24 times, and Left Fielders have been hit 24 times. But 1st Basemen have been hit 29 times.
John McDonald’s plunk from Jeremy Hellickson in the 7th inning last night was the 1300th HBP in Rogers Centre (aka Skydome) history. It was also the 1700th plunk in Blue Jays history.