Amaury Sanit made his debut with the Yankees last night, and he hit two batters in the process. He’s the first pitcher to plunk two batters in his first major league appearance since Jay Sborz did it on June 22nd of last year. The last Yankee to hit two batters in his major league debut was Dooley Womack on April 14, 1966. At this point, you should repeat the name Dooley Womack a couple of times.
In Baltimore, Brandon League pulled off the feat of hitting two batters in the 12th inning of the game between the Orioles and Mariners. Jeremy Affeldt was the last pitcher to hit two batters in an extra inning, doing that on April 28, 2010, but that was only the 10th inning of that game. Scott Sullivan was the last pitcher to hit 2 batters in the 11th inning, doing that on May 28, 2001. The last to hit two batters in the 12th inning of a game was Tim Fortugno on July 27, 1994.
One of League’s HBPs was thrown at Vlad Guerrerro, who now has 98 career plunkings to his credit, and is on a two game getting-hit streak.
National’s rookie Danny Espinosa was plunked again yesterday, giving him 7 HBPs on the season to lead the National League. In the last 35 years, the only rookie with that many plunks by May 11th was Alex Gordon in 2007. If Espinosa can keep this pace up (and keep his job, since he’s batting .210), he could be the first National League rookie to get hit by 20 pitches since Frank Robinson in 1956. (Reed Johnson and David Eckstein have done it in the American League since then)
Tags: HBPs of note