Saturday, September 01, 2007

last 2 in Chicago

Craig Biggio was missed by all 27 pitches thrown his way in yesterday's 6-1 win over the Cubs, but the Astros have two more to play at Wrigley this weekend and the Cubs will have a few more chances to plunk Biggio. Also, Biggio recorded his 127th and 128th career hits at Wrigley yesterday, tying that park for the most hits he's had at any ballpark outside Houston.

Today, Jason Marquis is expected to start for the Cubs, but Biggio might not be starting for the Astros. Marquis plunked Biggio on May 29, 2006, and he's hit 11 batters this year, which is good for 3rd in the National League.

It's been ten years since the last time Biggio got hit by a pitch on September 1st. Joel Adamson hit him on September 1, 1997 for the Brewers, back when they were in the American League. Biggio was also plunked by John Costello on September 1, 1989.

Tomorrow Rich Hill is scheduled to pitch for the Cubs, and Biggio is expected to start that one as well. Hill has hit 9 batters this season, but he's never plunked Biggio.

John Smiley threw Biggio's 9th career plunk on September 2, 1990, and Marc Valdes threw plunk number 55 on September 2, 1995.

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