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Posts Tagged ‘Adam Dunn.’

2012 MLB Highlight: Adam Dunn became sixth player to hit 40 HR’s in both leagues

Adam Dunn at 1B (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Chicago White Sox 1B/DH Adam Dunn’s 40-homer season during the 2012 season, allowed him to become just the sixth player in major league history to belt 40 or more homers in a season in the National League and the American League.

In the N.L., the 33-year-old hit 40-plus homers in a season four times for the Cincinnati Reds (2004-2007) and 40 homers playing for the Reds and Arizona in 2008.

The five players who accomplished the feat before Dunn includes: Darrell Evans with Atlanta and Detroit, Shawn Green with Toronto and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ken Griffey, Jr. with Seattle and the Reds, Mark McGwire with Oakland and St. Louis and Jim Thome with Cleveland, Philadelphia and the Chicago White Sox.

Dunn is a 2-time All-Star, 2002 with the Reds and 2012 with the White Sox. He has 406 career homers and 1,018 RBI’s.

Dunn has also played for the Washington Nationals.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Chicago White Sox, Radio & TV news

Reds outfielder Chris Heisey earns Heart & Hustle Award

 

Chris Heisey

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Chris Heisey recently was awarded the 2012 Heart and Hustle Award.

Past Reds winners include Adam Dunn (2006), Ryan Freel (2007), Jerry Hairston Jr. (2008), Adam Rosales (2009), Jonny Gomes (2010) and Miguel Cairo (2011).

The award was created by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in 2005 and is annually presented to one player on each of the 30 teams.

Additionally, the award is given to current baseball players who “demonstrate a passion for the game and best embodies the game’s values, spirit and tradition.”

The national Heart and Hustle Award winner will be announced soon.

Bailey, Cordero, Cozart star in Reds 3-1 win over St. Louis

 

Zack Cozart (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

New Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is showing people why he should’ve been with the team all year.

He has gotten off to a good start in his major league career by batting .400 (10 for 25) with one extra-base hit. He has hit safely in his first six games in the majors, the longest such streak by a new Reds player since Adam Dunn in 2001, who hit in his first seven games.

That one extra-base hit was a big one on Sunday.

The Reds were trailing 1-0, on a second inning homer by old nemesis Lance Berkman, his NL-leading 25th homer of the year.

The St. Louis Cardinals lead went by the wayside in the sixth inning. Zack Cozart scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 1-1.

In the seventh inning, the Reds’ Miguel Cairo tripled to right-center with one out; he scored on a single to center against a drawn-in infield.

Cozart then showed everybody that he can put the baseball in the seats. He belted his first major-league home run, off former University of Mississippi teammate Lance Lynn, in the eighth inning to make it 3-1.

Holding the Cardinals’ hitters all day was Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey who evened his record at 4-4. The tall Texan broke a personal four-game losing streak. He won for the first time since May 16. Bailey pitched a season-high 7.1 innings.

Reds closer Francisco Cordero close out the ninth inning by retiring St. Louis’ powerful middle-of-the order of Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday and Berkman in order.

The Reds took 2 of 3 games in the series and are 3.5 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central Division.

 

Info compiled from staff & Cincinnati Reds news

 

Vidal turns on muscle; homers twice, drives in 7 in 14-4 win over Ft. Wayne

David Vidal (courtesy of Dayton Dragons)

David Vidal belted two home runs and tied a club record with seven runs batted in to lead the Dayton Dragons to a 14-4 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Thursday night in Indiana.

The Dragons established season highs in hits (18), runs, and margin of victory in the game.

The Dragons are 34-33 on the season.

Vidal tied a club record also held by Adam Dunn (2000), Joey Votto (2004) and Juan Francisco (2007). Ironically, he tied the record in the seventh inning when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run. Vidal had a two-run home run, three-run home-run and RBI double earlier in the game.

Dominic D’Anna was 4 for 6 for Dayton, becoming the first player on the team this season to collect four hits in a game. Donald Lutz contributed three hits and three runs batted in.

Dragons starting pitcher Stalin Gerson (1-0) picked up the win in his second Midwest League start. He pitched five innings, allowing six hits and one run with no walks and four strikeouts.

 

Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons

Reds RF Bruce named Budweiser Presents NL Player of the Month for May

 

Jay Bruce (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Cincinnati Reds right-fielder Jay Bruce has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for May. Budweiser is the presenting sponsor of the NL and American League Player of the Month Awards.

Jay will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishment.

In 28 games in May, the left-handed slugger had a Major League-best 12 home runs and 33 RBI’s, while leading the NL in runs scored (23), slugging percentage (.739) and extra-base hits (19). Bruce’s 38 hits were tied for third among National Leaguers and his .342 (38-for-111) batting average was tied for fourth.

The Texas native’s home run and RBI totals were the highsest in a calendar month by a Reds batter since Adam Dunn’s 12 homers in July 2008 and Greg Vaughn’s 33 RBI’s in September of 1999.

The 12th overall selection in the 2005 First-year Player Draft, overall, started June with 46 RBI’s which tied him for first in the Majors this season and his 17 home runs led the National League. His 32 homers since August of 2010 are the most in the N.L. during that time frame.

This is the first career monthly award for the talented Bruce.

 

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

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