I swear I knew it was coming. Adam Dunn at the plate in the bottom of the 13th inning, tied 7-7 and facing Bob Wickman, a man who just over a year ago Dunn had homered off of with a walkoff grandslam to win the game in Cincinnati.
Then it happened. Dunn hit his 6th walkoff homerun of his career and his 35th of the season to give the Cincinnati Reds their 3rd win in a row over the Atlanta Braves. The tape measure shot landed over top the last tunnel out in right center field, where baseballs usually don’t land except for in video games.
This game was a true classic and a lot of fun to watch. Josh Hamilton proved that he has power to any field, in any stadium, as he hit a beautiful 3-run homerun off Buddy Carlisle to left center field. He’s as much of a pure power hitter as anyone I watch in the big leagues. This guy is developing into a guy who over a full season of work, could easily surpass 40 homeruns.
Lost in the shuffle was the fact that the bullpen actually did it’s job until the Reds could get a big blast from their star hitter. If this is Dunn’s last stretch as a Cincinnati Red, he’s certainly showcasing some of the skills that have made him loved here by many.