Sunday, June 17, 2007

Things are Wright in the world

Adam Dunn homers in consecutive games. He hits a home run in a game pitched by Aaron Harang that Harang wins. The homer comes off of Jamey Wright, long-time victim, first time Ranger victim (Dunn hit career #16 as a rookie off Wright when Wright was a Brewer back in 2001). These are the things we come to expect from Adam Dunn. Not droughts that last weeks.

Wright is the third pitcher whom has given up a home run to Dunn in a National League game as well as an interleague game. Kevin Millwood has allowed home runs while pitching for the Braves and Phillies in the NL, the Indians in the AL. Doug Davis have up homers as a Brewer (NL) and a Blue Jay (AL). Wright is the tenth pitcher to give up a homer to Dunn while pitching on multiple teams.

As an aside, I think Wright is the only active pitcher of whom I have an autographed baseball. I had him sign it when he pitched for Asheville in the South Atlantic League back in 1994. We're both old men.

For those who don't feel like going back through the blog to see the Aaron Harang connection (May 10th was the last time Dunn homered in a game Harang pitched), the Reds are now 21-4 in games Dunn homers in while Harang is on the mound.

Dunn's homer was a back-to-back home run, following Ken Griffey Jr.'s blast the at bat before. This was the fourth time Dunn followed a Griffey homer, three of which occured when Harang was pitching (that's some nice run support). The other was in support of Paul Wilson.

Are you feeling excited? I am. You know who takes the hill for Texas this afternoon? None other than Kevin Millwood. Millwood is going to become the first pitcher to give up home runs to Adam Dunn as a pitcher for four different teams! He will also join legendary Dunn victims Carlos Zambrano, Glendon Rusch and Woody Williams as pitchers who have allowed homers to Dunn in four different seasons. But I get ahead of myself.


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