Brewers leave, Astros to St. Louis
The Brewers left town last night without leaving Craig Biggio with the lovely parting gift of an HBP, but they did leave the Astros with a 5-4 10th inning victory.
Tonight, the Astros begin Biggio's final series in St. Louis. He's been hit 14 times in St. Louis, including his first game at the new Busch Stadium, which is just 1 plunk behind Colorado for the road city where Biggio has been most often plunked. If the Cardinals could plunk Biggio 6 more times, they'd tie the Rockies for the most plunkings of Biggio thrown by any team. Braden Looper will be throwing for the Cardinals tonight, and he plunked Biggio on April 13, 2005 - a plunk which Biggio counts among the most painful of his career (a near-arm breaker, but Biggio still didn't leave the game). That plunk ended a 48 game plunkless streak by Biggio, so maybe Looper can work some streak-ending magic again today (but not the arm-breaking magic -we can't see the record broken if Biggio is on the DL).
Craig Biggio has never been plunked on September 20th.