Danny Espinosa got hit by another pitch yesterday, pushing his season total to a National League leading 13. If he keeps this lead, he’ll be the first switch hitter to lead either league in HBPs since 1992 when Dave Hollins got 19. Yesterday’s plunk was only Espinosa’s third batting right handed, compared to 10 HBPs he’s had batting left handed.
Eight batters got hit by a pitch yesterday, but none of them produced a run. None of them were RBI plunks, and all 8 batters were prevented from scoring runs after reaching on the plunk. That’s the most HBPs this year for a day of baseball where none of the plunked batters scored. The average this year is that 27.3% of base runners who get there on an HBP will come around to score a run. Only 25.6% of batters who reach first on a single have scored a run this year, and only 23.3% of those who walk to first score a run. If the walk is intentional, it’s only 13.3% who score this year.
Cole Hamels hit Mark Ellis with a pitch, and that plunk was the 3,950th in A’s franchise history, and the 4,985th plunk in Phillies franchise history going back to 1887 when the National League started counting plunks.