Adam Dunn, it’s often said, will hit his homers in bunches. The statistics would bear that out; this year, Dunn has six multi-homer games. It took Dunn just two at-bats tonight to get two homers.
He hit an 0-1 pitch from Tim Hudson into the Braves’ bullpen, putting the Nationals up 3-0 in the third inning. Dunn now has 37 for the year, and four career homers off Hudson.
The second shot, which also scored Ian Desmond, prompted the first “Sign Adam Dunn” chant we’ve heard here at Nationals Park. If the Nationals do let Dunn walk, he’s showing tonight what a rare power bat they’d be losing. He’s second in the National League in homers, three behind Albert Pujols.
Jordan Zimmermann just gave up his first hit, a single to left by Martin Prado. But he’s got six ground ball outs so far, and continues to look sharp against the Braves. Zimmermann has thrown 55 pitches in 3 1/3 innings, but he should be able to get through six innings if he doesn’t get into any trouble.