But Dunn had made in-game adjustments through work in the batting cages with hitting coach Jeff Manto and by studying video, giving the prolific slugger a renewed edge. That work paid off with a solo homer and a game-winning three-run shot with two outs and a 0-2 count against Vinnie Pestano in the eighth inning.
"Jeff had a couple suggestions," Dunn said. "We were down about 15 to 20 minutes, and all went better."
"What was happening with him was that he was getting a little too far out on his legs," Manto said. "He didn't have a good base working and what we tried to do is explain, tell him to get back on his legs and stay on your legs as best as you can. He's such a good hitter that it was a simple fix. He had a chance to look at what he was doing and it coincided with what I was explaining. It was an easy thing."
Dunn's extra work between at-bats speaks to finding a greater 2012 comfort zone as designated hitter, leading to 41 homers and 94 RBIs. Dunn has spent 89 games at DH, while also playing 49 at first base and five in left field.
"I'll tell you what, that DH job is not easy. It's tough trying to stay into the game," Manto said. "Just sitting around waiting your turn is definitely a tough thing to do. But he found a routine.
"He'll go down there and get some things in place, do some drills, tee work, flips and maybe some video. The hardest thing was to get the routine. He got the routine and he's run with it."