Adam Dunn made a near-perfect start to life as an Oakland Athletics player with a two-run homer on Monday during the A’s 6-1 victory over Seattle Mariners.
The homer was his very first at-bat for his new team and he became just the 12th player in the A’s history to achieve the feat.
Dunn, 34, was traded to the A’s from Boston White Sox on August 31 as Nolan Sanburn went the opposite way.
Dunn, seems to have inspired Oakland’s lacklustre batting line-up which has seen the A's slip off the top of the American League West division. The A’s (79-58) moved back to 4.5 games behind table-toppers Los Angeles Angels (83-53), who didn't play on Monday.
The designated hitter smashed the first scores of a five-run first inning which A’s pitcher Jason Hammel was able to protect to secure victory in the series opener at the O.co Coliseum.
“It had a little bit of a storybook type thing to it. We’ve really been lacking early in games, energy, runs. He comes up to the plate and he delivers. You get goosebumps.”
Dunn appears to have turned up just when the Athletics’ season was turning sour. The side were coming off a series thrashing against division rivals the Angels, as they lost four out of four in Anaheim.
The A’s offence was under serious pressure – they had managed just four runs in their four defeats – and came under heavy criticism from manager Melvin.
With their manager’s words ringing in their ears and the addition of experienced hitter Dunn, the batsmen came alive right from the first pitch.
Key game for the A's
For Seattle, poor Chris Young could only watch in horror as 2/3 of his first inning went for five runs before he was replaced at the mound.
Dunn has immediately become the leader of the reinvigorated batting line-up with his 2-for-3 game.
“That’s the most excited, anxious, probably a little nervous, that I’ve been in a long time. But it was fun, real fun.”
Catcher Geovany Soto, who was also making his Coliseum debut, earned a two-run single with all bases loaded in the first.
Jed Lowrie returned from injury and managed a pair of hits, while Josh Reddick matched his teammates feat to see the A’s finish with 11 hits.