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Dunn still frustrated (and frustrating) but not as much as the White Sox as a team

Posted By on 08.05.11 at 02:38 PM

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The good news: Adam Dunn came through with a bottom-of-the-ninth homer against the Yankees on Thursday. We've been waiting for dramatic dingers like that.

The bad news: it wasn't dramatic. The Sox were trailing 7-1 at the time. Dunn's blow made the final score 7-2.

The badder news: the Yankees killed the Sox, sweeping the four-game series at the Cell by a combined run total of 34 to 11.

But back to Dunn:

To refresh your memory if you haven't been tracking the Adam Dunn K Watch (TM) here on the Bleader, in early April Steve Bogira wrote that Dunn would drive Sox fans nuts this season. Bogira was right on, for the most part. He predicted that Dunn would challenge the White Sox season strikeout record of 175 while knocking about 40 homers into the bleachers. But Dunn's round-tripper Thursday was only his 11th. Even the New York Times took note of Dunn's struggles while the Yankees were in town.

As of today, the Sox sit six and a half games behind AL Central Division-leading Detroit, three and a half behind second-place Cleveland, and one and a half up on fourth-place Minnesota, whom the Sox visit for a three-game series starting tonight.

Dunn's salient season stats so far: 324 at bats, .167 batting average, 11 home runs, 139 Ks.

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