Jonathon Broxton found a very interesting way to end the Royals/A’s contest yesterday, in the 12th inning. He plunked Yoennis Cespedes to load the bases, and then hit Jonny Gomes to drive in the winning run. That’s the first time a game has been ended on two consecutive plunks since September 2, 1966 when Stu Miller of the Orioles plunked Al Weiss and Tommy Agee to lose the game. Even more interestingly, the last Major League game to end on a walk off plunk was last August 21st when Brad Lidge hit Jonny Gomes with the bases loaded. So Gomes 59th and 61st career plunks have both been game winning walkoffs. No other batter in modern major league history (at least in the span I have the data for) has achieved game winning plunks in two different games. That game ending plunk also happened to be the fastest moving plunk thrown so far this season at 96.6 miles per hour.
In other plunk news, Stephen Strasburg threw his first major league plunk yesterday, hitting Ronny Cedeno. Strasburg had faced 404 batters to start his career before that plunk. He’s the 281st pitcher to throw a plunk for the Nationals franchise.
Yoennis Cespedes’ plunk that set up the Gomes walkoff was his third of the season, giving him the major league lead with 3 already this season.