18 batters got hit by pitches yesterday, making July 17th the most plunk filled day since June 5, 2011. Matt Holliday was among the plunked, picking up his 76th career plunk, but that was a historic one because it was the 100th ever thrown by Randy Wolf. Wolf became the 87th member of the pitchers wing of the 100 plunk club, by hitting Holliday in the first inning. He’s now tied for 84th place on the all time list for career hit batters with Wilbur Cooper, AJ Burnett and Carlos Zambrano. That was the third time Wolf hit a batter on July 17th, and 18 of his plunks have been recorded in July. Wolf is the 11th pitcher whose last name starts with W to hit 100 batters. And, he’s the 4th pitcher to reach the 100 plunk milestone in 2012.
Brandon Moss and Jemile Weeks took plunkings for the Oakland A’s yesterday, but it was Moss’s plunk from Roy Oswalt in the 2nd inning that was the historic 4000th HBP in Athletics franchise history. They were plunked 1,694 times from 1901 to 1954 when they were the Philadelphia Athletics, 377 times from 1955 to 1967 as the Kansas City Athletics, and now they’ve been hit 1,930 since moving to Oakland. Weeks’ plunk in the 8th was the 4,001st for an A’s batter.
Gorkys Hernandez of the Pirates got his first major league plunk yesterday, on a pitch from Carlos Torres, and Phillies pitcher Jeremy Horst threw the first plunk of his career, plunking Andre Ethier.
Prince Fielder collected his 85th career plunk, and Roy Oswalt threw his 77th – his first as a Texas Ranger.