16 batters were hit by a pitch yesterday, but nobody got hit by two pitches. That’s the highest number of plunks this season to occur on a day that nobody got hit by two pitches.
John Lackey hit Francisco Cervelli with a pitch in the Red Sox/Yankees game, bringing his career total to 14 Yankees plunked. That ties Lackey with Tim Wakefield for the active lead in hitting Yankees. There was a brief celebration on the field as members of both teams strolled out to congratulate Lackey, but then Wakefield reminded everyone that he had also hit 14 Yankees and Lackey’s achievement wasn’t that big a deal, so everyone went back to the dugouts and went on with the game. There were 4 HBPs in that game, and the Yankees and Red Sox have hit each other 22 times this season, but that’s still 11 short of the plunk total those two teams put up in 2004, when they hit each other 33 times.
Lackey leads the majors with 17 batters plunked this year.
The Twins hit the White Sox 3 times last night, bringing the season total for plunks exchanged between those two teams to 16. Those two teams haven’t exchanged that many plunks since 1961.