on to DC
The Astros did not fare well during their weekend in Chicago, and Craig Biggio came to the plate only twice on Saturday and Sunday. He went 0-2 in his two pinch hit appearances, though he was robbed of a hit on Saturday. If you'd wondered why Biggio started two straight games on the bench, it's obviously because the Astros are limiting his playing time on the road so they can be sure he'll break the all-time HBP record during a home game.
Tonight, the Astros move on to our nation's capital where they'll be facing the Washington Nationals. The Nationals, according to rumors, have been lobbying the government to eliminate most of the baseball season and have the World Series decided each year by which team can collect the most campaign contributions during spring training. But until they do, they'll just have to settle for trying to hit Craig Biggio with pitches. Mike Bacsik pitches for the Nationals, and he's hit Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder, Tom Lampkin, Jason Larue, Adam Lind, Julio Lugo, Tino Martinez, Pablo Ozuna, and Barry Bonds (so he's got that going for him). Six of those batters were left-handed, and Bacsik himself throws left-handed himself, so he could become the 49th left-handed pitcher ever to plunk Craig Biggio.
Craig Biggio has never been hit by a pitch on July 16th.