Thursday, July 20, 2006

Wrigley finale

Craig Biggio took Greg Maddux's 2nd pitch of the game deep last night, for his 49th career leadoff homer, and the Astros never trailed in the game, winning 4-2. But, none of the 11 pitches Maddux threw Biggio that Biggio didn't hit out of the park became plunk #280. Neither team hit a batter in the game. Elias Sports Bureau has an interesting note on Biggio's success against Maddux in the espn writeup:
Craig Biggio's home run in the first inning was his 38th career hit off Greg Maddux. That's the most career hits by any active batter against any active major-league pitcher. The rest of the top five: Barry Bonds against Maddux (34), Bernie Williams against Jamie Moyer (34), Luis Gonzalez against Maddux (32), Garret Anderson against Moyer (31).

This afternoon the Astros play they're final game of the 2006 season at Wrigley field, facing starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano has hit Biggio with a pitch twice, on May 31, 2003 and August 12, 2003.
Zambrano has hit 7 batters this season, and sits at 50 hit batters for his career. Coincidentally, Biggio's only plunk on July 20th was the 50th of his career, thrown by Jose Bautista on July 20, 1995.



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