Losing streak ends at 5.
Chris Burke recorded his 10th career HBP, leaving him just 277 short of the all time record, but Craig Biggio was not hit by any pitches. Kerry Wood missed Biggio with 8 pitches, Carlos Marmol missed 9 times, and Bob Howry missed him 7 times and gave up Biggio's only hit of the game. The Astros won 4-1, breaking their 5 game losing streak.
Cubs rookie Sean Marshall starts the series finale this afternoon. He has 4 plunks and 3 wins so far this season. But, he has also lost 3 games and missed 252 batters.
The 7th of June is one of 4 days of the year on which Biggio has been plunked 5 different times. He's only been hit more than that on April 29th. Ron Darling threw Biggio's 10th career plunk on June 7, 1991. It was the 35th plunk of Darling's career. Yorkis Perez threw his 2nd career plunk, hitting Biggio on June 7, 1995, and Heath Murray threw his 2nd career plunk, hitting Biggio on June 7, 1997. On June 7, 2001, Shawn Chacon tallied his 3rd career hit batter while throwing Biggio's 179th career plunk. He also gave up a home run to Jeff Bagwell 2 batters later, and lost the game 2-1. And, on June 7, 2002, Chad Bradford made a 1 pitch appearance for the A's, and managed to record his 4th career hit batter by plunking Biggio with his 1 pitch that day.