Sunday, May 1, 2011
White Sox's Lillibridge flexes his muscles
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO – Brent Lillibridge’s home run in the fifth inning Sunday meant the utility player now has three on the season.
More surprising, his third home run, in his 27th at-bat, was one more long ball than slugger Adam Dunn had in 75 at-bats. Lillibridge was essentially replacing Dunn in the lineup Sunday since Carlos Quentin moved to the designated hitter spot while Lillibridge took over for Quentin in right field.
Dunn then tied Lillibridge at three home runs when he hit one as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.
Lillibridge is cramming a lot into a short period of time. His two highlight catches to save a victory in New York were included in the MLB Network’s plays of the month, along with a myriad of plays from the Rays’ Sam Fuld.
That Lillibridge already has more highlights than Dunn in about a third of a time doesn’t come as a complete shock to manager Ozzie Guillen.
“You talk about Adam Dunn, yes I know this would happen,” Guillen said. “Why? Because that’s the way it is. He strikes out a lot and hits home runs. When this kid gets on fire he’s going to be dangerous but right now he’s not.”