Saturday, April 21, 2007

First plunk day weekend!

Craig Biggio rallied the Astros with a 9th inning grand slam last night, and they needed all 4 of those runs in the bottom of the 9th to hold off the Brewers for a 6-5 win. It was Biggio's 3rd career grand slam, and unfortunately the 3rd game in which he hit a grand slam and didn't get hit by a pitch. (His other grand slams came on September 14, 1989 off the Dodgers' John Wetteland, and July 24, 1994 off the the Pirates John Lieber - who plunked Biggio the following year).

Tonight the Astros face Chris Capuano. He hit Craig Biggio with a pitch on June 12, 2004 at Miller Park. Biggio's only prior plunk on April 21st was also against Milwaukee - thrown by Matt Wise in 2005.

Sunday is first plunk day! April 22nd is the 18th anniversary of Craig Biggio's first plunk, thrown by Tim Birtsas of the Reds in 1989. Biggio has also been plunked on April 22nd by Steve Bourgeois of the Giants in 1996, and by Al Reyes of the Cardinals in 2005.

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At 4/21/2007 10:12:00 AM, Anonymous DM said...

In last night's game, after Biggio hit the dinger, the TV announcers pointed out that it was his 283rd career home run, and that he also had 283 career HBP's. I cheered.

At 4/21/2007 01:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biggio also has a .283 career average to go along with his 283 career homers and 283 career HBP's.

At 4/23/2007 02:14:00 PM, Anonymous dremiel said...

Have there been other players who hit GSs in three different decades?

At 4/23/2007 06:51:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

Hank Aaron is the only one I could find who hit grand slams in 3 decades, but I only checked 3 people. First I thought of George Brett, because he is the only player to win a batting title in 3 decades, but he doesn't appear to have had a slam in the 90s. I also checked Carl Yastrzemski, but he didn't have one in the 80s that I saw.

That guy in SF with the big head has probably done it, and I would think you could find a lot more if you looked.


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