After Jhonny Peralta‘s late-inning heroics last night Adam Dunn must have decided he’d counter with a two-run ninth inning bomb of his own. And by bomb, I mean bomb. Peralta’s home run barely cleared the wall but Dunn’s home run cleared the entire bleachers and bounced around on the concourse for a little bit. The thing was crushed. I ate a whole sandwich while it was in the air. Dunn’s homer was his eighth of the season. Paul Konerko cracked his sixth homer of the year, a solo shot in the seventh inning.
I’ve heard many times that baseball teams shouldn’t rely on home runs for their offense but a run is a run no matter how it is scored and the Sox have shown that they can move runners around or go homer happy for their offense, so whatever they need to do to win is fine with me. If that means six runs on eleven hits then fine. If that means three runs on two swings then great. Just win ballgames.
Gavin Floyd pitched a dominant seven innings but left with the Tigers ahead so Nate Jones gets the credit for the win, his first of the year, Hector Santiago recorded a hold, his first of the year, and Addison Reed nailed down a save, his first of the year. The Sox bullpen has been putting in some quality work as of late – even with Thornton surrendering the walk-off last night.
According to people who know more about math than I do Adam Dunn is on pace to hit 48 home runs this season. I think we’ll all gladly take that.
Rick Porcello (2-2, 5.64) will toe the rubber for the Tigers in the third and final game of this series against Dylan Axelrod (0-0, 2.70) who is making his first start of the season now that Chris Sale has (begrudgingly) moved back to the bullpen. Here’s hoping the Sox offense can help the kid out tomorrow!