The San Francisco Giants were getting shelled Friday night, and, as often happen in these affairs, an opposing batter could expect to “wear it.” So when Tim Locastro came to the plate in the seventh inning with the Arizona Diamondbacks leading 14-2, sure enough, Derek Holland hit Locastro in the hip.
But no one on the Diamondbacks took exception. It was the third time of the game that Locastro had been with a pitch. With that, Locastro tied a major league record for most times hit by pitch in a game, joining such notables as Nap Lajoie, Mel Ott, and Manny Ramirez who accomplished the feat, as well current teammate Jarrod Dyson (who did it with the Seattle Mariners).
This is not the first time, Locastro said, that he has been hit three times in a game. “I’ve done it in Triple-A this year,” he said on the Diamondback postgame show. “Now I’ve done it at every league down to Rookie ball.”
On Friday Locastro showed off his entire repertoire, taking a pitch in the calf, and one in the shoulder before the last one found his hip. Locastro has now been hit seven times this season at the MLB level. He has also been plunked seven times with the Triple-A Reno Aces.
His major league totals are particularly impressive. Through Friday Locastro has played in 12 games and made 44 plate appearances.
The record for the most times hit by a pitch in the modern era is 50 by Ron Hunt when he was with the Montreal Expos in 1971. Hunt needed 638 plate appearances to accomplish it. It’s doubtful that Locastro, a 26-year old outfielder who was called up because David Peralta is out, will see enough time to challenge Hunt’s mark.
Locastro’s highest total in a minor league-season is 32 (twice).
Yeah, it hurts
He told interviewer Todd Walsh that since his early days in professional baseball, teams have tried to pitch him inside.
Sometimes it works. Sometimes the pitchers miss too far inside. “I’m just not gonna move,” Locastro said.
Locastro said that during the game getting hit doesn’t hurt because his adrenaline is pumping.”After the game definitely, ” he said.