Saturday, May 19, 2007

1800 runs

Craig Biggio broke up Robinson Tejeda's attempted no-hitter in the 6th inning last night, and doubled in the the 8th for his 2,967th and 2,968th hits. The 8th inning double led to his 1800th career run scored. He's the 16th player ever to reach that mark in runs scored and the first to do so after playing 400 games as a catcher. Cap Anson is the only other player to reach 1800 runs scored and play catcher at all, and he only spent 105 games behind the plate.

Unfortunately though, the Astros spotted the Rangers a 7 run lead early, and could only get half the runs they would have needed to come back from that deficit. They lost 7-4, and Craig Biggio was left still searching for plunk number 284.

18 years ago today, Craig Biggio recorded his second career plunk. That one was thrown by Bob Walk of the Pirates. Since then he's been plunked by Jeff Brantley of the Giants and Calvin Maduro of the Phillies on May 19th of 1993 and 1997. John Koronka will have the opportunity to join that exclusive club tonight, if he can throw Craig Biggio's 284th plunk. Koronka hit 5 batters for the Rangers last year but none of them were Craig Biggio.

Tomorrow, Brandon McCarthy is scheduled to throw for the Rangers. He's never plunked Biggio either, but he has hit 3 batters this season. Unfortunately, Craig Biggio's only career plunk on May 20th was thrown in by Trey Moore in 1998, in Montreal so it's possible that Biggio only gets plunked in Canada on May 20th.



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