Adam Dunn was moved up to the No. 5 spot in the order, while A.J. Pierzynski was moved down to No. 7. Alex Rios, who looked to be emerging from a season-long slump with two home runs in Arizona, was down to the No. 8 spot. Mark Teahen took over for Brent Morel and batted ninth.
Although manager Ozzie Guillen didn’t admit it, moving Dunn up appeared to be a result of his past success against Cubs pitching. Dunn only has a .256 batting average lifetime against the Cubs, but does have 41 home runs against them and 71 RBIs.
It is the most home runs he has hit against any team and the third most RBIs, next to his 74 against the Cardinals and 92 against the Brewers.
Pierzynski, who is batting .382 over his last nine games and has nine multi-hit efforts over his last 18 contests, still managed to get dropped lower.
“I don’t want to be a dead team when we go to the bottom of the [lineup],” Guillen said. “I want to try to even it up and make something happen in the bottom of the lineup.”