Weeks gets 88th

Rickie Weeks is finally on the board for the 2011 season, getting his 88th career plunk yesterday. He needs 7 more to tie Geoff Jenkins for the Brewers franchise record. Kerry Wood threw the pitch that struck Weeks, making that the 2nd time he’s plunked Weeks. That was the 95th of Wood’s carreer, and his 89th as a Cub. Wood holds the Cubs franchise record for hitting batters, but he played for other teams the past few years, and allowed Carlos Zambrano to come very close to breaking that record. Zambrano had 87 coming into this season, one behind Wood’s record, but now Wood appears to be actively defending his record. In doing so, he pushed Weeks closer to his team’s record. Weeks has now been hit 13 times against the Cubs, leading all active batters. For those who may have been worried about whether Weeks can put up another 20+ HBP season after going unplunked this deep into this season, keep in mind that Don Baylor didn’t get a single plunk until May 1st in 1986, when he finished the season with 35.
Weeks was batting in the first spot of Milwaukee’s batting order when he got hit, but also plunked yesterday were #2 hitter Howie Kendrick for the Angels, #3 hitter Adrian Gonzalez for the Red Sox, #4 hitter Mike Stanton for the Marlins, #5 hitters Gaby Sanchez of the Marlins and Mark Reynolds of the Orioles, #6 hitters Bill Hall, Danny Espinosa and Juan Uribe, #7 hitter Kevin Kouzmanoff, #8 hitter Chris Iannetta of the Rockies, and the Yankees #9 hitter, Russel Martin. It was the first day on which a batter from every batting order spot got hit by a pitch since April 28, 2010.

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