Sunday, June 17, 2007

I was wrong

I got ahead of myself as I said in the below post. I made the assumption that Dunn would homer off of Kevin Millwood and I was wrong. Dunn did so TWICE.

This is the second time Dunn has hit four homers in three days, the previous time being a five homer, four day run from August 4-7, 2004.

The two home runs are Dunn's second multi-homer game against an American League team. Dunn also hit two against the Rangers on June 11, 2002. Today's homers give Dunn seven for his career against the Rangers, the most he has hit against an American League team.

Besides the marks Millwood set that are outlined below, Millwood joins Zambrano and Rusch as pitchers who have given up a half dozen homers to Dunn.

The Reds now play three games against the Athletics in Oakland. Dunn has one homer against the A's, a 2-run blast off Justin Duchscherer on June 9, 2004 (career #90).

Dunn has never faced any of the three young pitchers that the A's will be using. The pitching matchup in the second game may be two of my favorite pitchers in the majors right now (Homer Bailey vs. Chad Gaudin) which probably says more about my tastes than their talent. The A's will bookend Gaudin with Joe Blanton and early Cy Young favorite Dan Haren. Only one pitcher has ever won a Cy Young award in the same season that he surrendered a home run to Dunn (Toronto's Roy Halladay in 2003). It is probably safe to say that Haren's ability to win the Cy Young hangs in the balance of Wednesday's game.

Cliff Floyd (216), Ron Fairly, Pedro Guerrero and Chet Lemon (215) bid Dunn a fond and civil adieu.


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