Matt Hague had never been hit by a major league pitch before, but he knew what to do when the bases were loaded in the bottom of the ninth yesterday, taking the rbi plunk for the walkoff win. He’s the first person to get his 1st career plunk on a game winner since Rey Sanchez on July 8, 1992. Sanchez was playing for the Cubs, and it was the Cubs Rafael Dolis who hit Hague. That was the 2nd bases loaded plunk of his career. The Pirates haven’t won a game on a walkoff plunk since April 15, 1997 when Tony Womack took the game winner.
Derek Jeter also got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded yesterday, but it was probably more out of habit than necessity. The Yankees were already winning 6-2 in the 8th. That was Jeter’s 3rd career rbi plunk, and his 159th overall, but only his first of the 2012 season. He’s in 17th place on the all time list for career plunks.
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