Rockies Rookie Jordan Pacheco took an otherwise barely notable 91.2 mph plunk from Matt Cain in the 1st inning of yesterday’s game with the Giants, but close followers of HBPs will know that that plunk was the 1000th HBP ever recorded in Coors Field. It was also the first of Pacheco’s career, but more importantly it was the 1000th HBP in Coors Field History. Congratulations Coors Field, for having 1000 batters plunked at your fine ballpark.
Justin Upton reclaimed a share of the NL plunk race lead and tied the Diamondbacks single season record by getting his 18th plunk of the season on a pitch from Erik Hamren. Andy Fox is the only other Dback to get hit 18 times in a season, and that record has stood since the team’s first year of existence in 1998. Upton is tied with Danny Espinosa for 2011 HBPs in the National League.
Sean Rodriguez got his 16th plunk of the year, extending his Rays franchise record for single season plunks. That was also the 186th plunk ever thrown by Tim Wakefield. Wakefield now has 7th place on the all time list all to himself, moving ahead of Tony Mullane. If you don’t remember Tony Mullane, ask your great great great grandfather about him.