CHICAGO – Adam Dunn has delivered prettier home runs, for sure, but considering the circumstances this one was a beauty in its own right.
Dunn lifted a ball to the opposite field for a two-run home run that barely made it over the wall in the third inning against Oakland’s Trevor Cahill that gave the White Sox a four-run lead in their eventual 9-4 victory.
“It felt good,” Dunn said. “After having two days off, I was pretty eager to get back there and actually contribute.”
It was his first home run since May 24 at Texas and came in his first day back in the lineup after two days on the bench because of his struggles. It was his sixth homer overall.
The excitement was short lived since Dunn recorded his 81st strikeout on the season in his next at-bat, but the White Sox will clearly make that homer-strikeout exchange any day.
“Well it’s great especially the way he hit it,” Guillen said. “He hit it to left field, cold day windy and showed how much power he has. Hopefully that breaks the ice and makes him feel comfortable. He can still get back [if he] believes and has confidence. I think that is the main thing, build some confidence and believe you can do some damage.”
Struggling to find his way in the American League and having a tough time with his new role as a designated hitter, White Sox fans have yet to see the guy that commanded a four-year, $56 million contract this offseason.
When he is finally on his game, the tape-measure homers to right field will surely follow. That is where he makes his money. But he can also pocket some loose change on balls to left and left center.
“I think when he gets rolling he’s going out of a lot of homers to left and left-center in this ballpark like Jim [Thome] did when Jim was here,” said Paul Konerko, who hit a home run of his own for some insurance runs in the eighth inning. “They’re such strong guys that a fly ball to the warning track for most guys is over the fence for them.”
Dunn has been ready to take off for a while now, lamenting the fact that he’s fouling off pitches that he should be driving toward the fences. He’s starting to get a good feeling now.
“I think we can be pretty good,” Dunn said of the offense. “We haven't been clicking on all cylinders all year. Hopefully this is kind of a start of something cool.”