Rarity: Howard Intentionally Walked, Phillies Get A Hit

Something unusual happened this afternoon when Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy intentionally walked Ryan Howard in the first inning at Turner Field.

The next Phillies batter got a hit.

Ben Francisco singled to left field to score Shane Victorino to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. It snapped a streak of 21 consecutive plate appearances without a hit following a Howard intentional walk. The last hit came Sept. 14, 2008, when Pat Burrell (aka The Machine) singled against Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Brian Shouse to score a run.

The Phillies were 0 for 16 with 10 strikeouts, two walks, one hit by pitch, two sacrifice flies and four RBIs in the 21 plate appearances since. Seven different Phillies hitters followed Howard:

  • Jayson Werth (0 for 10, five strikeouts, walk, hit by pitch, two RBIs).
  • Jimmy Rollins (0 for 0, sacrifice fly, RBI).
  • Ben Francisco (0 for 1).
  • Raul Ibanez (0 for 2, two strikeouts, walk, sacrifice fly, RBI).
  • John Mayberry Jr. (0 for 1, strikeout).
  • Pat Burrell (0 for 1, strikeout).
  • Eric Bruntlett (0 for 1, strikeout).

(Props to Matt Gelb, who originated this wonderful, wonderful idea.)


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That Jayson Werth “0 for 10 w/5 K’s” stat line is ridiculous. Kudos to Amaro for not overpaying for him.

Great stat! It’s great to see that someone pays attention to every aspect of the game, especially with the greatest team in the world, the Philadelphia Phillies!

who in the world let eric bruntlett hit after ryan howard???? LOL….

He had actually pinch-ran for Burrell the previous inning and scored to put the Phils up 5-0 over the Braves just three days after Burrell’s post-IBB hit.
Box score: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/ATL/ATL200809170.shtml

Jason had the 2nd lowest AVG with RISP last year, something like .186 He hasn’t done much better for the Nats so far either. Riggleman guessed it and that’s why he’s batting 2nd, so he can score runs, which is what he’s great at doing, and won’t let the team down much by getting out with RISP.

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