day 3 - still no HBPs
Pirate Tom Gorzelanny missed a perfect opportunity to throw Craig Biggio's 8th career bases-loaded plunk, in the 4th inning last night. He also could have become the 2nd player ever to get hit by a pitch and plunk Biggio in the same game. But he didn't, and he was so frustrated by that, he hit Chris Burke with the bases loaded.
Though he didn't get plunked, Biggio did go 3 for 5 in the game, including a 9th inning homer in an attempt to start a comeback rally, but the Astros still fell one run short, 5-4. Biggio is now just 8 hits short of the 2,942 hits milestone. He moved past Willie Keeler on the all time hits list, to 30th place.
The Astros get a day off, giving them time to convince the league to move the start of the season back to April 6th this year, and have everyone just forget about those first 3 games. That would mean the season opens tomorrow night against Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals.
Willie Blair plunked Biggio April 5, 1996, and the Astros plunked Brad Ausmus in that game.