Archive for September 17th, 2011

Randy Wolf hits 95

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Batters, not miles per hour. Wolf hit his 13th batter of the year, keeping him within striking distance of the NL leaders for the Phil Knell award (for the pitcher who hits the most batters) this season. He hit Jay Bruce yesterday, and now has 95 career plunks. He joins Dave Bush, Jamey Wright and Pete Broberg as the only pitchers who have hit 13 batters in a season for the Brewers. Bush and Wright did it twice, and actually all those guys were over 15 HBPs. Wolf is tied for 10th in hit batters during the Randy Wolf Era (1999 to present). He’s tied with Pedro Martinez and Jamie Moyer for plunks thrown in that span of years.

Johnny Damon got his 49th HBP last night on a throw from Josh Beckett, and was controversially denied his 50th as well. He would have become the 416 major leaguer to get hit 50 times, but that milestone will have to wait at least another day because he got hit while trying to check his swing with 2 strikes and the third base umpire called it a swing. So, Damon only has 49 HBPs. The Red Sox have hit 85 batters this year leaving them 8 hit batters away from their single season record.

In Colorado, Alex White of the Rockies hit Giants catcher Chris Stewart, and that was the 999th plunk ever recorded at Coors Field.

BACON race update:
Jacoby Ellsbury – .836
Robinson Cano – .831
Ryan Braun – .823
Jose Reyes – .819
Miguel Cabrera – .818