Walkoff plunk in New York

June 23rd, 2011 by pbr

Justin Turner stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 13th inning with the bases loaded, and heroically got hit by the only pitch thrown to him by Brad Ziegler, driving in the winning run on the walkoff HBP. That was first game winning HBP since September 11, 2010 when the Ranger’s Jeff Francouer beat the Yankees on a walkoff plunk. The only other Mets walkoff plunk was by Daryl Boston on April 23, 1992. It was also just the 2nd walkoff plunk in interleague play history.

It was a good day for RBI plunks in general yesterday, not just the walkoff. Including Turner’s game winner, there were 4 RBI plunks yesterday. There has only been one other day since the start of the DH era that included four batters being plunked with the bases loaded – August 4, 2008.

One of those RBI plunks was thrown by John Lackey, who also through another plunk giving him 9 for the year, which ties him with teammate Jon Lester for the major league lead. Lackey is up to 91 plunks for his career.

Aaron Rowand took his 123rd career plunk yesterday (not an RBI). He’s now tied for 43rd place on the all time list with Scott Rolen.

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2 Responses to “Walkoff plunk in New York”

  1. Coleman says:

    How about some stats regarding career HBP RBI leaders? And runs given up by plunking?

  2. pbr says:

    Andres Galarraga has the DH era record for RBI plunks with 11. Jason Kendall is the only other player since 1974 in double digits, with 10. Don Baylor had 8.
    Charlie Hough has given up the most in that span, with 6.
    It’s a tough subject to make a full post out of because there just aren’t many players who have done it a lot of times.

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