2,984, 656, but no 284
Craig Biggio notched his 2,984th career hit which was also his 656th career double last night, but he moved no closer to the all time hit-by-pitch record, and the Astros lost the game by a 7-3 score. 656 doubles leaves Biggio one double away from a tie for 6th place on the all-time list in that category with Nap Lajoie. That's a lot of doubles.
This afternoon, assuming Biggio and Kendall both play, could be the last time any of us see a game with a 200 plunk club member on both teams. Chad Gaudin will be throwing for the A's, but he has no past history of Biggio plunking. Gaudin has hit only 9 of the 1,052 batters he's faced in his career.
Jorge Julio holds the all time record for hitting Craig Biggio with pitches on Flag Day with one. He set that record on June 14, 2005 in Baltimore, but we could see that record shattered today if Chad Gaudin plunks Biggio twice.