Saturday, April 21, 2012
White Sox 7 Mariners 3: Adam Bombs Seattle
There were a number of times last season where Adam Dunn gave us a glimpse of what we thought we were getting when the Sox signed him last winter, but those glimpses never turned into anything sustainable.
Hopefully that won't be the case with Friday night's performance from Dunn.
Adam Dunn had his first multi-homer game as a member of the White Sox and finished the night 3-for-4 with those 2 home runs along with a double and 5 RBI. Easily his greatest game as a White Sox.
And, if we're lucky, the first of many more monster nights to come.
Speaking of monster nights, Chris Sale was pretty fantastic too. If it weren't for Dunn's night I'd have given this post a title like "The Mariners Couldn't Sale These Seas" and everybody would have hated me, but not as much as I hated myself.
Sale lasted 6.1 innings, and though he walked 3 guys and gave up 3 runs, he also struck out 11 hitters. In fact, the first time he faced Ichiro, he made Ichiro look like some kind of rookie stepping into a batter's box for the first time in his career.
It was easily the worst at bat I've ever seen Ichiro have, and it gave me extreme joy to see Sale do it. It was a lot like Randy Johnson versus John Kruk in the All-Star game all those years ago, except for the fact that Ichiro is really good at baseball and has two testicles.
Low blow? Yeah, I know, but it's midnight and I'm tired.
What may have been the craziest stat of the night, though? Brent Morel and Gordon Beckham combined for 8 plate appearances on Friday night, but didn't have a strikeout between them and had 2 walks.