If you took a poll in the city of Chicago and you asked White Sox fans who their favorite player was, Adam Dunn probably wouldn’t be high on most people’s lists. Dunn has been seen as a disappointing signing since his arrival in Chicago before the 2011 season.
How so? Well, guess who was the major league leader in strikeouts in 2012? With a whopping total of 222, the answer is Adam Dunn. To make matters worse, Dunn’s only hitting .201 in his fourth year with the Sox.
Friday night changed the narrative on Adam Dunn‘s tenure on the South Side for the night as Dunn’s two-run blast in the ninth inning of New York Yankees reliever David Robertson gave the White Sox a 6-5 walk-off victory.
Dunn drilled an 0-2 pitch high and deep into the right center field bleachers at U.S. Cellular Field to give the Sox their 25th win of the season and their second straight one-run win over the Yankees in the team’s four-game weekend series.
Per CSN Chicago’s JJ Stankevitz, Dunn’s home run was only the seventh home run allowed by David Robertson to a left-handed hitter in 698 career plate appearances.
The link to Dunn’s walk-off shot is here. (I suggest watching because Ken “Hawk” Harrelson‘s call is one for the ages.)
White Sox Notes:
- Fan-favorite Adam Eaton went 3-for-5 with a run scored on Friday night. I’ve mentioned before that Eaton is the catalyst to this Sox offensive attack. When he’s healthy and playing well, that makes the Sox much more dangerous offensively.
- My personal campaign for Alexei Ramirez making this year’s All-Star Game is really gaining traction. Ramirez was 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs batted in on Friday. On the season, Ramirez is hitting .325 with seven home runs, 34 runs batted in and nine stolen bases.
- The offense came through when it needed to for the Sox. The pitching staff struggled immensely on Friday. The combination of Hector Noesi, Scott Downs, Jake Petricka and Daniel Webb only gave eight hits combined, but always gave up eight walks. Friday was the sixth time the Sox staff had given up seven or more walks in a game. Surprisingly, the Sox are .500 in those games (3-3).
Sox Fast Stats:
CSN Chicago’s stat genius Christopher Kamka provided some awesome stats on the Sox after last night’s 6-5 win.