ANAHEIM, Calif. — It’s yet another nice milestone Adam Dunn can reflect on later in his career.
But on Friday night he was more concerned about what he didn’t do in his first two at-bats in an 8-4 White Sox loss to the Los Angeles Angels than what he did in the ninth inning when he blasted the 450th home run of his career, one that moved him into 36th place on baseball's all-time home run list.
Dunn struck out in those first two at-bats, once after Jose Abreu’s leadoff double in the second inning and then an inning later with the bases loaded and two outs.
Both strikeouts were courtesy of Angels pitcher Jered Weaver, who Dunn said always “carves me up.”
“I had a couple of big opportunities and just couldn’t capitalize on them,” Dunn said.
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Dunn did drive in a run with an RBI single in the fifth inning, but by that time Los Angeles already held a 7-1 lead. Dunn had a pair of opposite-field singles before he launched a 396-foot home run to right field in the ninth, a two-run shot.
Dunn is proud of the milestone but wished it occurred at a more meaningful moment as it only reduced his team’s deficit to 8-4.
“It would have been a lot better if it was in that fourth inning or whatever it was, third inning, it would have been more meaningful,” Dunn said.
Still, Dunn admits he isn’t just overlooking whom he passed in the record books with the homer: Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero. Dunn grew up a Houston Astros fan and loved Bagwell’s game.
“You say the name Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero, and not that long ago they were really two of the best in the game,” Dunn said. “Obviously growing up an Astro fan, Bagwell and (Craig) Biggio were the kings, man. Again, numbers are cool, they will be real cool when you are done playing and sit back and tell your kids about.”