Posts Tagged ‘HBPs of note’

MLB breaks division era record for plunking batters named Chris

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

On May 14, 1995, Chris Gomez, Chris Hoiles, and Chris Sabo were all hit by pitches, making that the only day since 1969 on which three different batters named Chris were hit by pitches. But yesterday, Chris Heisey, Chris Davis, Khris Davis, and Chris Iannetta were all hit by pitches.

In San Francisco, Ryan Vogelsong set a new park record for total hit batters, throwing his 18th AT&T Park plunk. He hit Hanley Ramirez to break a three way tie for the record with Tim Lincecum and Jonathan Sanchez.

Red Sox rookie infielder Xander Bogaerts received his first major league plunk yesterday, getting hit by John Danks in the 3rd inning, and then got his 2nd major league plunk in the 11th inning from Daniel Webb. That one was Webb’s first as a major leaguer. The Red Sox have been hit by pitches in 4 consecutive games. Their live ball era record for plunk streaks is 7 games.

Stolmy Pimentel hit a batter for the first time in his career, and that’s important because it’s fun to write Stolmy Pimentel. He’s the 603rd pitcher ever to throw a plunk for the Pirates.

Pierzynski plunked for 116th time

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

In Chicago last night White Sox pitcher Donald Veal plunked AJ Pierzynksi in the 9th inning, pushing Pierzynksi’s career total to 116. That gives him sole possession of 51st place in the all time HBP standings. That was also AJ’s 30th plunk at US Cellular Field, making him the 4th batter ever to reach that total at the White Sox home park. Frank Thomas got hit 35 times at that park, and Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin share the park record with 46 each.

Brewers starter Marco Estrada plunked Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina last night, and that was the 200th plunk ever recorded in a Brewers-Cardinals game. 90 of those landed on Cardinals batters. The Cardinals plunked Carlos Gomez later in the game.

Robbie Ross hit Brad Miller twice in the Rangers-Mariners game, making Ross the first pitcher to hit the same batter in the 3rd and 8th innings of a game since John Smoltz did that to Chris Snelling on April 12, 2007.

Seager and Moss both get 15th plunk

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Yes, it’s a slow plunk news day.

Only three batters were hit by pitches yesterday – Colby Lewis hit Kyle Seager in the Rangers-Mariners game, bringing Lewis’s career total to 30 and Seager’s to 15.

In the Angels-A’s game, Joe Smith hit Brandon Moss giving Moss 15 career plunks. Smith has hit 20 in his career, and that plunk was number 1992 in the history of Angels Stadium of Anaheim.

Danny Espinosa got hit by Kevin Slowey in the Nationals-Marlins game, increasing Espinosa’s career total to 36. That puts him in a tie with Jose Vidro for 10th place in Nationals history, but he’s still 78 plunks behind Ron Hunt for the franchise record. Kevin Slowey has hit 21 people.

Pierzynski plunked for 115th time

Monday, April 14th, 2014

David Phelps of the Yankees hit AJ Pierzynski last night pushing AJ’s career total to 115. That puts him in a tie with Jimmy Dykes and Sherm Lollar for 51st place all time.

Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse got hit by pitch for the 4th time in his career, on a pitch from Pirate Charlie Morton. Lohse has 4 career plunks which makes him the active leader in HBPs among pitchers.

Hunter Pence became the first batter this year to get hit by a pitch on his birthday. Tyler Chatwood of the Rockies delivered that birthday wellwish.

Napoli and Kouzmanoff both reach the 50 plunk mark

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Mike Napoli reached the 50 plunk mark yesterday when he took an HBP from Yankees releiver Matt Thornton. That was the 3rd fastest plunk recorded so far this season at 95.6mph.

Kevin Kouzmanoff also got his 50th HBP, collecting his from Jarred Cosart. That was the first major league plunk for Cosart.

Paul Maholm threw plunk number 75 of his career, hitting Mark Trumbo. That ties Maholm with Willie Mitchell for 2nd place among pitchers born in Mississippi. He’s 5 hit batters behind Roy Oswalt among Mississippians. Trumbo broke a streak of 916 plate appearances without taking an HBP – he hadn’t been hit since August 5, 2012

And Adam Dunn got his 80th career plunk on a pitch from Justin Masterson.

Hank Conger takes walkoff plunk for the win

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Mets reliever Jeurys Familia could have picked a better time to throw his first major league plunk, but Hank Conger picked a very good time for his first RBI HBP. Conger took a Familia plunk in the bottom of the 11th inning to win the game, after Familia issued an intentional walk to load the bases.

The Washington Nationals Tanner Roark hit batters in the first, second and third inning yesterday making him the first pitcher to accomplish that feat of plunkitude since Javier Vazquez on June 9, 2006. Roark hit Freddie Freeman in the 1st, Dan Uggla in the 2nd and Justin Upton in the 3rd.

Reed Johnson added another HBP to his collection yesterday, reaching a career total of 126 on a 90mph donation from Antonio Bastardo. That ties him with Aaron Rowand for 42nd place in Major League history, 1 plunk behind Scott Rolen.

Scott Feldman hit two Rangers to bring his league leading plunk total to 5. Mitch Moreland and Kevin Kouzmanoff were Feldman’s latest victims. Kouzmanoff holds the Padres’ career plunk record, but he needs about 50 more to take the Rangers record.

Vogelsong throws 49th and 50th

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Only 4 batters were hit by pitches yesterday, but two of those were thrown by Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. Those were his 49th and 50th career plunks and they landed on Diamnondbacks Martin Prado and Miguel Monetero. Vogelsong is the 11th pitcher born in North Carolina to reach the 50 hit batters plateau. 9 of Montero’s 37 career plunks have been delivered by Giants pitchers.

Travis Wood became the first pitcher to get hit by a pitch this year, taking a plunking from Gerrit Cole. Wood is the 734th player to get hit by at least one pitch for the Cubs.

Bronson Arroyo throws 101st

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Brandon Crawford became just another statistic when the Giants faced the Diamondbacks yesterday. He became the 101st batter ever plunked by Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo is now up to 83rd place on the all time plunking list, tied with Burleigh Grimes, Earl Whitehall and Frank Dwyer. Arroyo has thrown the 2nd most plunks of any player born in Florida, but he’s still 85 plunks behind Saint Timothy Wakefield for the Florida record.

Jean Segura got hit by Antonio Bastardo in the Brewers-Phillies game yesterday, and that plunk was the 100th ever recorded in a game between those two teams. Also yesterday, Nate McLouth got hit by Carlos Marmol marking the 250th time the Marlins and Nationals have hit each other. (That includes the Expos of course)

Hudson hurls 111th HBP

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Tim Hudson is a baseball tradition dating back to dating back to the 20th century. He first started hitting batters in 1999, and yesterday he threw the 111th plunk of his career. 111 hit batters puts Hudson in 63rd place on the all time hitting batters list, tied with Pedro Astacio. Hudson’s 111th plunk was thrown at Diamondback’s catcher Miguel Montero. Montero now has 36 plunks and that moves him ahead of Justin Upton into 2nd place in Diamondbacks history. Montero is 25 plunks behind Luis Gonzalez for the Diamondbacks career record. Montero has been hit 8 times by the Giants.

Brewers shortstop Jean Segura got hit by Brad Lincoln yesterday, collecting the 99th plunk ever to occur in a Brewers-Phillies game.

Adam Eaton‘s plunk from Franklin Morales was the 199th ever to land on a batter born in 1988, and Stefen Romero‘s plunk from Hector Santiago was the 200th for those born that year.


Monday, April 7th, 2014

Ron Hunt had held the Mets record for getting hit by pitches since 1966, but David Wright tied that total last year, and yesterday moved ahead. Wright now has 42 HBPs, the most in Mets history after taking on from Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon yesterday. Congratulations to David Wright and the Mets!

The top highlight of the Phillies-Cubs game yesterday occurred in the top of the first inning when Carlos Villanueva hit Chase Utley with an 84mph slider. That pitch was Utley’s 157th career plunk, moving him into a tie for 18th place on the all time HBP list with Fernando Vina. Utley has been hit 5 times at Wrigley Field and 6 times while batting against the Cubs.

Also in that game, AJ Burnett threw his 118th career plunk, hitting Cubs catcher John Baker. That gives Burnett sole possession of 52nd place on the all time list for hitting batters, just ahead of Darryl Kile, Orel Hershiser and Al Leiter.

Cleveland has now hit Minnesota batters 5 times this season, after a 3 plunk game yesterday. Justin Masterson hit Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham, while Blake Wood hit Jason Bartlett. Willingham is up to 104 career plunks, which ties him with Prince Fielder and Kevin Youkilis for 71st place all time.