Brian Tallet became familiar with the process of hitting Chase Utley with a pitch last June 27th, when he threw a pitch somewhere near Chase Utley and Chase Utley got hit by hit. He used those skills again yesterday and delivered Utley’s 130th career HBP. Utley is now has 37th place on the all time HBP list all to himself, moving ahead of Willie Keeler and Brian Downing. 7 of Utley’s 9 plunks against the Cardinals have been at St. Louis, and 6 have been at the new Busch Stadium. He’s now tied with Xavier Nady for the most plunks by a visitor to the Cardinals new ballpark. Utley’s first 130 plunks break down to 70 against right handed pitchers, and 60 against lefties, including yesterday’s. Also, two of the 9 pitchers who plunked Utley for the Cardinals were born in Oklahoma.
Aaron Rowand also got plunked yesterday, for his 124th. That moves him ahead of Scott Rolan for 43rd place on the all time list. Rowand is 74 plunks behind Frank Robinson for the most plunks by anyone whose last name starts with R. Alex Burnett was the thrower of that one.