Byrd plunked two more times

Updated: July 18, 2010, 11:17 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- All-Star Marlon Byrd became the first Cubs player in 105 years to be hit at least 16 times in a season, and he came around on two-run homers both times.

Byrd led off a four-run second Sunday against Philadelphia's Roy Halladay by getting nailed in the left thigh, making him the sixth Cub to be hit 15 or more times in a season and the first since Frank Chance got plunked 17 times in 1905.

Byrd scored on a two-run homer by Geovany Soto that stopped Halladay's scoreless innings streak at 18, and the Cubs added two more in the inning to take a 4-0 lead.

Byrd got plunked again in the sixth -- the fourth time he'd been hit in this series -- and scored on Alfonso Soriano's 17th homer, making it 6-2. It was the third time in his career he'd been hit twice in a game and the second against Philadelphia this season.

Bill Dahlen got hit a Cubs record 23 times in 1898. Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks has been hit 17 times and leads the majors.


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