All eyes will be on Derek Dietrich each time he steps to the plate Sunday.
The Reds second baseman was hit by a major league record sixth pitch in one series Saturday when he was struck by Brewers reliever Alex Claudio in the fifth inning of Cincinnati's 6-5 loss.
The number of fingers DD is holding up is now a new MLB record for most times being hit by a pitch in a series. pic.twitter.com/MPW2o8McWC— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 22, 2019
Dietrich, who was hit by two pitches Thursday in the Reds' 7-1 win, had tied a major league single-game record Friday after being hit three times in Cincinnati's 11-7 victory.
Despite being used for target practice, Dietrich has scored seven runs in the team's three games against the Brewers.
“It’s funny, the guys were asking me, ‘How many of those do you think you’re getting hit by and how many did you try to get hit by?’” Dietrich said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I was like, ‘Well, I don’t really try to get hit by any of them. If they come up and in, they come up and in.’ It just kind of happens.
“I know the guys behind me appreciate it and I’ve always kind of embraced that. It’s a dubious honor. I guess I made history tonight, a little Crash Davis type, Bull Durham there. A little dubious history.”
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Dietrich became the first Reds player since 1900 to be hit by a pitch three times in one game. Since 1908, he’s the sixth player in MLB history to be hit by multiple pitches in consecutive games.
He leads MLB after being hit 15 times this season.
The Reds will close out their four-game series against the Brewers at 2:10 p.m. ET Sunday.