Archive for July 2nd, 2011

Angels reach the 2000 HBP milestone!

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Torii Hunter got it done for the Angels last night – taking a pitch from Hiroki Kuroda in the first inning of the Dodgers-Angels game, bringing the franchise total for HBPs by Angels batters to the historic 2000 mark. If plunks were pounds, the Angels would have one ton of plunks. Congratulations Angels, on this important milestone! Mark Trumbo followed that with Angels plunk number 2001 in the 7th inning, also against Kuroda.

Chase Utley got his 131st career plunk on a throw from Toronto pitcher Ricky Romero, who had no prior history of hitting Chase Utley with pitches. Utley is one plunk behind Damion Easley for 36th place on the all time list, and now has been hit 13 times in July over the course of his career, and 3 times in Canada. Utley has been hit 6 times this year in just 32 games.

Burke Badenhop of the Marlins plunked Mitchell Moreland last night, marking the 999th time a Marlins pitcher has hit a batter.