Archive for May 27th, 2012

Pirates win on walkoff plunk

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Matt Hague had never been hit by a major league pitch before, but he knew what to do when the bases were loaded in the bottom of the ninth yesterday, taking the rbi plunk for the walkoff win. He’s the first person to get his 1st career plunk on a game winner since Rey Sanchez on July 8, 1992. Sanchez was playing for the Cubs, and it was the Cubs Rafael Dolis who hit Hague. That was the 2nd bases loaded plunk of his career. The Pirates haven’t won a game on a walkoff plunk since April 15, 1997 when Tony Womack took the game winner.

Derek Jeter also got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded yesterday, but it was probably more out of habit than necessity. The Yankees were already winning 6-2 in the 8th. That was Jeter’s 3rd career rbi plunk, and his 159th overall, but only his first of the 2012 season. He’s in 17th place on the all time list for career plunks.

Ian Kinsler picked up his 25th plunk at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, making him just the 2nd player to get hit that many times at that park. Alex Rodriguez holds the park record with 30.

The most plunked batters born on May 27th

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

128hbp – Jeff Bagwell, born 05/27/1968, 40th all time, played from 1991 to 2005
87hbp – Frank Thomas, born 05/27/1968, 118th all time, played from 1990 to 2008
50hbp – John Jaha, born 05/27/1966, 399th all time, played from 1992 to 2001
34hbp – Todd Hundley, born 05/27/1969, 805th all time, played from 1990 to 2003
22hbp – Pinky Higgins, born 05/27/1909, 1319th all time, played from 1930 to 1946