fear the mighty Royals
Well, despite some reports that Kansas City is one of the worst teams ever, they're clearly a juggernaut. Scott Elarton opened the game with 5 perfect innings and the mighty Royals went on to win 7-2. Craig Biggio had the Astros only 2 runs batted in, but he did not get hit by a pitch.
Tonight the Astros face rookie pitcher Bobby Keppel in his 6th career appearance. He has not yet hit a batter in the majors, but he's only face 109. Jeff Brantley plunked Biggio on June 17, 1998 (and proceeded to blow a 3 run lead in the bottom of the 9th). Oscar Villarreal hit Biggio with a pitch on June 17, 2003.
Tomorrow, the Astros will see the familiar face of Brandon Duckworth. Duckworth spent the last two seasons with the Astros, hitting 5 batters. He has hit 28 batters in his career, but has never plunked Biggio. He hasn't hit anybody yet this season.
Duckworth could become the 13th pitcher who had previously been a teammate of Biggio's to hit him with a pitch joining Ryan Bowen, Danny Darwin, Pete Harnisch, Xavier Hernandez, Jeff Juden, Darryl Kile, Mark Portugal, Willie Blair, Brian Moehler, Dave Veres, Ron Villone, and Pedro Astacio. Astacio plunked Biggio on June 18, 2001, and pitched 4 games for the Astros later that year. (He plunked Biggio again after leaving the Astros.)