by Kate Schmidt
Evidently I'd gasped more loudly than I realized—"I thought your mother had died," said the coworker in the office next to mine. But there's no question I was shocked. Flying in the face of senior Sox correspondent Steve Bogira's prediction, Adam Dunn failed in his pursuit of the record for consecutive-game strikeouts. Dunn's jaw-dropping zero K's against Kansas City last Thursday left 70s-era Montreal pitcher Bill Stoneman's record 36-game missing streak intact!
Undaunted—and still in possession of the consecutive-game whiff record for position players—Dunn set out all over again. He's struck out eight times in the four games he's played since the aberration of March 11, 2012, including three K's on Monday (when incidentally he also hit his first home run against a lefty since August 2010, giving him 12 total for the season thus far, one more than he hit in all of last year). He persevered even through yesterday's horrific sixth-inning meltdown against the Tigers, chipping a few more whiffs into the bucket despite going homerless. As this year's wan Sox slogan adjures us, "Appreciate the game."