Carlos Quentin is now the 2nd player in San Diego Padres history to get hit by 14 pitches in a single season, and it’s only taken him 64 games to do so. Only Kevin Kouzmanoff has been hit more in one season as a Padre, with his 15 plunk season in 2008. For his career, Quentin is up to 111 HBPs, which puts him in a tie for 53rd place on the all time HBP list, tied with Andre Dawson, Steve Evans and Luis Gonzalez. Quentin’s 14 plunks this year also put him in a tie with Carlos Ruiz for the Major League lead this year.
Clint Barmes got plunked in the 17th inning of yesterday’s very long Cardinals-Pirates game, a game so long it could have been called a conjoined double header. That plunk by Joe Kelly loaded the bases for the Pirates in the top of the 17th, leading to Kelly’s removal from the game, and Garrett Jones subsequent RBI single. But the Pirates didn’t actually win the game until the 19th.
Michael Saunders finally took his first major league HBP yesterday, after 1,073 plate appearances of avoiding plunks. Samuel Deduno of the Twins proved to be the first pitcher able to plunk Saunders. Saunders had been the active leader in not ever getting hit, just ahead of Danny Valencia‘s 1,071 career plate appearances with 0 career HBPs.
Travis Ishikawa got hit for the Brewers, making that the team’s 69th plunk of the year, and the 1,005th plunk ever recorded by a batter born in the state of Washington.