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.
Tags: HBPs of note