A Perfect Storm
Today Adam Dunn played in Wrigley Field, where he had hit the most home runs of any ballpark not in Cincinnati (13). Glendon Rusch was on the mound to start the game for the Cubs. Only Kerry Wood has surrendered more home runs (5) to Dunn over the years. By the conclusion of the game, Dunn had made Rusch his favorite pitcher to hit home runs off of with an even half dozen.
Dunn led off the second inning with a home run. In the fourth, after Rich Aurilia struck out, Dunn touched Rusch again for his fourth home run of the season.
With this pair of home runs, Dunn passed Gus Bell to become tenth all-time among Cincinnati Reds players in home runs. Dunn is ten home runs away from Wally Post in the ninth position.
Tomorrow Dunn faces Greg Maddux. Dunn has three of his 162 career home runs against Maddux. Career #73 came off Maddux on April 7th, 2004, a solo shot at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. Eleven days later he hit #78 of Maddux, a three-run shot in the first at Wrigley. #116 was also in 2004, a two-run knock in the fifth at Wrigley, September 28.