Rickie Weeks moved another step closer to the Brewers all time HBP record, getting his 92nd career plunk last night on a Tom Gorzelanny pitch. Gorzelanny also plunked Weeks on September 12, 1997, and he’s now the 13th pitcher to hit Rickie Weeks more than once. Weeks has been hit 12 times now by pitchers born the same year he was, 1982. This was his 13 plunking to lead off the first inning, and he’s scored runs on 5 of 13 of those. Since the beginning of 2008, no major league player has scored more runs after reaching on plunks than Rickie Weeks (18). Chase Utley has 17 in that span, and Marlon Byrd has score 16 times.
In the 9th inning of that game, Danny Espinosa continued his red hot rookie season by getting his major league leading 9th HBP. He had to leave the game though, so hopefully he’s not badly hurt and can continue his run at various rookie HBP records. He needs just two more to tie the Nationals franchise record for plunks by a rookie. Espinosa was the first batter Tim Dillard ever hit with a pitch, and Dillard is the 275th pitcher in Brewers history to throw a plunk.
Scott Rolen got his 122nd career plunk, getting hit by Cole Hamels. That gives Rolen sole possession of 43rd place on the all time HBP list, taking that spot back from Aaron Rowand. He’s been hit 27 times in the month of May.
Kevin Youkilis extended his Red Sox record plunk total, getting hit for the 73rd time.