It was a strange moment in the Red Sox-Rays game last night when David Price hit Mike Carp with a pitch, and both teams stopped the game to celebrate the 259th plunk ever recorded in a Red Sox-Rays game. Then some players notice that it was kind of strange to celebrate the 259th of something – “Why 259? This is stupid” Shouted David Ortiz, while David Price shouted back “No, You’re stupid – this was all your team’s idea” and other harsh words spoiled the party. Earlier in the game, Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected after David Ortiz got plunked and a dispute over whether that one was the 258th or 259th plunk had occurred. Which seems kind of harsh. Then in the 10th inning, Jonny Gomes got hit by a pitch, putting him on base to score the winning run when AJ Pierzynski hit a walkoff triple.
The Red Sox seem to have an odd relationship with HBPs this year, leading the AL in getting hit by pitches with 27, but dead last in the majors in throwing plunks, with only 5. If the Red Sox don’t hit a batter today, this will be their lowest total at the end of May since 1961. They haven’t gotten out of May with under 10 plunks thrown since 1994.