Saturday, June 30, 2007

Two more with the Rockies to add to 284

As you may have seen, Craig Biggio was hit by a pitch last night, for the 284th HBP of his career. Fogg became the 19th pitcher to plunk Biggio for the Rockies, and Biggio now has been plunked by Colorado an amazing 33 times. Fogg is the 18th pitcher to plunk Biggio while throwing for two different teams, having previously plunked Biggio for the Pirates. Biggio's last 6 plunks recorded in the month of June have all been thrown by the Rockies, and last night's was his first June HBP in exactly 2 years - since June 29, 2005 when he passed Don Baylor on the all time HBP list.

Umpire Bruce Dreckman sent Biggio to first base after a plunk for the 8th time in his career, moving himself into a tie for 3rd place on the last of Umpires who have ruled Biggio to be plunked the most times. He's 3 behind Charlie Reliford for the all time record, but he's tied with 8 other umpires.

Biggio scored after reaching on a plunk for the 99th time in his career, and Lance Berkman became the 4th player to drive in Biggio after a plunk using a triple. And, the Astros won the game on a Mark Loretta walk-off homer, 9-8, for their second consecutive walk-off homer win. The Astros are now 2-0 this season when Biggio gets plunked and 148-116 all time.

Tonight, the Astros will perhaps see if they can put the game in the win column a little earlier than their final at bat, but at least their recent method of winning keeps the pressure off their closer. Jeff Francis pitches for the Rockies - he's never hit Biggio with a pitch buy he has hit 4 batters this year and led the Rockies with 13 plunks last season. Jeff McCurry plunked Biggio on June 30, 1995 and Allen Levrault and Mike Buddie both hit Biggio with pitches on June 30, 2001.

Tomorrow, Rodrigo Lopez pitches against the Astros. He's never plunked Biggio and hasn't hit anyone this season, but he does have 28 career hit-batters. John Hope is the only pitcher to plunk Biggio on July 1, having done so in 1995.

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