Pena hits 50, threatens Rays record

HBPs of note: May 27, 2010

Carlos Pena was among 7 batters to get hit by a pitch yesterday, but he was the only batter to get his 50th career plunk yesterday. Scott Linebrink delivered that historic pitch at 91 miles per hour, pushing Pena into the 50 plunk club. Pena is the 406th batter in major league history to get hit by 50 pitches.
34 of those HBPs have occured since Pena joined the Rays, which means he is just one plunk behind Johnny Gomes for the Rays franchise record. (That record includes the years the Rays were known as the Devil Rays, before they moved from Tampa Bay to Bay.)

Jose Guillen got hit by another pitch yesterday, continuing his hot steak, tying him with Prince Fielder for the major league lead at 8 HBPs. 7 of those plunks have been in the month of May. Daisuke Matsuzaka threw that one, which was Guillen’s 139th career plunk. He is now tied for 26th place on the all time list, tied with David Eckstein and Chuck Knoblauch.
Also notable about that plunk is that it was the 300th HBP ever thrown by a pitcher from Japan. It was the 2nd time Guillen had been plunked by Dice-K.

In Baltimore, Matt Weiters was the recipient of the 950th plunk ever recorded at Orioles Park at Camden Yards. Oakland pitcher Gio Gonzalez threw that one.

Hanley Ramirez was hit for the 30th time in his career.

In non-plunking news, the Astros have now reached 15 consecutive games without an HBP. That’s the longest plunkless streak by any team this year. The Astros haven’t gone 15 games without a plunk since a stretch from July 24th through August 10th 2002, when they played 16 plunkless games. (Gregg Zaun ended that streak on August 11, 2002).
Last year’s longest plunkless streak was 31 games by the Texas Rangers.


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