Prince reaches 20 first

HBPs of note: August 11, 2010

Prince Fielder became the 2nd Brewer ever to get hit by 20 pitches in a season, when he got hit by a Rafael Rodriguez pitch in the 8th inning last night. This is the earliest in the year anyone has reached 20 plunks since Shea Hillenbrand got his 20th plunk of 2005 on August 3rd. Fielder is one plunk behind Fernando Vina’s 1998 pace through 115 games. Vina owns the Brewer’s single season record for plunks with 25 that year, but Fielder appears to be a real threat to that now. However, Rickie Weeks is still right behind him at 19 plunks, and could take the record for himself. Fielder’s HBP was the 30th ever thrown by the Diamondbacks against the Brewers. That’s 67 career plunks for Fielder.

Carlos Quentin finally noticed that his teammate Juan Pierre had taken over the American League HBP lead, so he got hit by two pitched last night, both from Glen Perkins. That gives him 16 on the season, to retake the AL lead. The 2nd of those was his 70th career plunk, and he now has 34 HBPs at US Cellular Field – just 3 behind Paul Konerko for the park record. Quentins first plunk was his 50th plunk for the White Sox, making him the 12th player in team history to get hit 50 times.

Dave Bush hit a batter for the Brewers, extending his team record hit batters total to 58.

In all, 12 HBPs were registered yesterday, and 7 of them landed on batters born in California.

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