Wrigley Field is 'friendly' to Adam Dunn
For Washington Nationals slugger Adam Dunn, the Friendly Confines has indeed been a welcoming environment. Over the years, Dunn has crushed the ball at Wrigley Field.
On Monday, Dunn went 3 for 5, with a double, in a 10-inning loss to the Chicago Cubs; it was his first three-hit game since Sept. 4, 2009. The performance to open the three-game series in Chicago underscored Dunn's success at Wrigley Field over his 10-year career.
Dunn has hit 24 home runs at Wrigley Field, which is more than any other place except for Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, where he hit 125 home runs. Dunn played eight seasons with the Reds, and Great American Ball Park was opened in 2003.
Dunn has 233 at-bats at Chicago, with 45 RBI and 12 doubles with a .288 batting average. He has 1,478 at-bats in games at Cincinnati, where he has 275 RBI and 69 doubles and a .256 batting average.
(Dunn hit 21 home runs in 364 at-bats at Cinergy Field, formerly Riverfront Stadium, where the Reds played until 2002.)
By comparison, Dunn has hit 21 home runs in Nationals Park, which is two years old; he has played with the Nationals since 2009. In his current home park in Southeast Washington, Dunn has 330 at-bats with 63 RBI and 13 doubles. He is batting .239.
This week's trip to play the Cubs comes at a time when Dunn is heating up. He has recorded multi-hit games in four of his last six outings, dating to a win over the Colorado Rockies on April 21. In that stretch, Dunn is batting .375 (9 for 24) with two home runs, three doubles and six RBI.
And Dunn's history in the Friendly Confines could mean that his recent hot hitting will continue this week in Chicago.
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