It was a bummer that Adam Dunn didn’t get to play in last night’s game, as he’s gone his entire career without playing in the playoffs. But it’s not like he’s hung up on that apparently, because he still plans to retire, saying last night that “That’s probably it” and that he is almost certain to retire.
He had no problem with not playing in the game, saying that it was the manager’s call. Melvin himself said that the only time he considered using Dunn was in the top of the 12th, with a man on second and first base open. He probably would’ve been walked in that instance. As it was Alberto Callaspo game in and delivered an RBI single.
So long, Adam Dunn. It’s been an interesting 14 years. You socked 462 homers and walked and struck out like crazy. You were one of God’s own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.
The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.
Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.
The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.
At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.