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Stat of the Day: Drawing Three Walks

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 15: Trevor Plouffe #24 of the Minnesota Twins hits a solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning on June 15, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 15: Trevor Plouffe #24 of the Minnesota Twins hits a solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning on June 15, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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In one of the more unusual stat lines of the day, Trevor Plouffe managed to draw three walks in today's game. He's only the second opposing player to draw at least three walks in a game against the Brewers this season, and the third in the last two seasons. Before that, it was a little more common to see three walk games. Here's the count from the last five seasons:

Season 3+ Walk Games
2012 2
2011 1
2010 7
2009 13
2008 12

Here are the last ten players to accomplish this feat against the Brewers:

Date Opponent Opposing Player Number of Walks
6/16/2012 Twins Trevor Plouffe 3
6/13/2012 Royals Mike Moustakas 3
4/10/2011 Reds Jonny Gomes 3
9/29/2010 Mets Ike Davis 3
9/19/2010 Giants Buster Posey 3
9/13/2010 Astros Jeff Keppinger 3
7/19/2010 Pirates Pedro Alvarez 3
7/11/2010 Pirates Jose Tabata 3
5/22/2010 Twins Alexi Casilla 3
5/21/2010 Twins Michael Cuddyer 3

There's a couple of patterns here. The three walk games tend to come in groups of two or more, and the Twins have now been responsible for three of the last ten occurrences.

If you go back a little further, you can find a few other interesting facts. The last time an opposing batter had four walks in a game was on September 15, 2009. Two Cubs had four walk games that day: Derrek Lee and Ryan Theriot.

Also, the last pitcher to draw three walks as a batter against the Brewers: Aaron Cook of the Colorado Rockies on October 1, 2009.