Archive for April 11th, 2012

Rodriguez gets 158th

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Wei-Yin Chen made his Major League debut for the Orioles last night, and he made an impact early, hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the first inning.   That was number 158 for Rodriguez, putting him into 16th place on the all time list, tied again with Derek Jeter.  Chen is the first pitcher from Taiwan to plunk Alex Rodriguez, and he’s the 514th pitcher to hit a batter for the Orioles.  Matt Lindstrom became the 515th when he hit Nick Swisher later in the game.  Swisher’s plunk was the 4300th in Yankees history.

In Chicago, Paul Maholm resumed his favorite hobby of hitting Brewers batters with pitches.  He hit Corey Hart and Mat Gamel in the first inning.  That was the 2nd time he’s plunked Corey Hart, and he has now hit 10 Brewers.  That makes him just the 6th pitcher ever to hit 10 Brewers, and he’s 4 short of Kerry Wood‘s record for plunking Brewers.  Those were plunks 54 and 55 of Maholm’s career.   Also in that game Alex Gonzalez got his 77th career plunk on a throw from Rodrigo Lopez.  That plunk was the 100th time a Cubs pitcher has hit a Brewers batter (though only 66 have been thrown in the other direction in that matchup).

In Cincinnati, Kyle Lohse threw the 70th plunk of his career, hitting Zack Cozart.  That was Cozart’s first in the majors.  Also in that game, Lance Berkman picked up plunk number 65 of his career.

Gerardo Parra got hit by a pitch in the 11th inning of the Dbacks-Padres game, which put him on base to score the go-ahead run when Chris Young followed him with a home run.

The most plunked batters born on April 11th

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

90hbp – Mark Teixeira, born 04/11/1980, 102nd all time, played from 2003 to 2012
61hbp – Jason Varitek, born 04/11/1972, 273rd all time, played from 1997 to 2011
36hbp – Pop Corkhill, born 04/11/1858, 727th all time, played from 1883 to 1892
31hbp – Trot Nixon, born 04/11/1974, 909th all time, played from 1996 to 2008
15hbp – Sam Chapman, born 04/11/1916, 1841st all time, played from 1938 to 1951