Thursday, June 07, 2007

1 hit, but not hit in Colorado

Career hit number 2,979 showed up for Craig Biggio last night in the form of a 5th inning single off Aaron Cook, but that ever elusive plunk number 284 still hasn't made an appearance, and the Astros came up short in an 8-7 loss. That's the most runs the Astros have scored in a loss this season, but it's still a loss.

This afternoon, the Astros are expected to see pitches thrown by Josh Fogg, who will be coming off a stint on the 15 day disabled list. Fogg threw plunk number 206 on May 11, 2002 when he pitched for the Pirates. But, recent experience has shown that the Astros like to give Biggio the day off when they play day games on the road, even though they know that he gets hit by pitches about 36% more often, per plate appearance, in day games compared to night games.

Biggio has been hit by a pitch a lot on June 7th. Ron Darling of the Mets hit him on June 7, 1991 for plunk number 10, Yorkis Perez threw plunk number 43 for the Marlins on June 7, 1995, and Heath Murray threw Biggio's 98th HBP for the Padres on June 7, 1997.
Shawn Chacon plunked Biggio at Coors Field on June 7, 2001, and Chad Bradford plunked Biggio in a one pitch appearance on June 7, 2002. The Astros are 1-4 on June 7th when Biggio gets hit by a pitch, but they're 1-0 on this date when he's hit by a pitch at Coors Field.

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