Sunday, October 23, 2005

Game 1 notes

Game 1 didn't turn out quite the way the Astros hoped, and Craig Biggio didn't get hit by a pitch but their were several plunk related records tied.

Jeff Bagwell became the fifth player two be hit twice in a world series game, the others are Yogi Berra (1953 game 3), Max Carey (1925 game 1), Frank Robinson (1961 game 4) and Todd Pratt (2000 game 1). Three of the previous four are in the Hall of Fame and the other is Todd Pratt. All 4 also lost the game in which they were hit twice, and none scored a run after reaching base the hard way.

Along with tying Bruce Kison for the most hit batters in a World Series game (3), Jose Contreras became the 3rd pitcher to hit 2 batters in the same inning in a World Series game, and the first since game 6 of the 1968 world series. Tippy Martinez and Dennis Martinez of the 1979 Orioles combined for the only other 2 plunk inning in the World Series when they hit back to back batters in the 9th inning of game 7 that year.
Both pitchers who hit three batters in a game won the game.

The Astros are just the third team to be hit 3 times in one World Series game. Teams who get hit 3 times in a world series game are now 1-2. The team that was hit three times and won the game (Detroit in game 6 of the '68 series) was the only one of the three who scored one of there plunked base runners. The Orioles failed to capitalize on any of their plunks in game 4 of the '71 series (which was Bruce Kison's 3 plunk game) and lost just as the Astros did last night.

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