(Adam Dunn leveled Indians rookie catcher Carlos Santana on Sunday. Photos of TV/MASN by Nationals Enquirer staff.)
We'd be remiss if we didn't mention that play in the second inning during Strasburg II where Adam Dunn absolutely destroyed Indians rookie catcher Carlos Santana at home plate. Poor Santana made the mistake of standing on the plate following Mike Morse's RBI single, with a ~290 lb. Dunn chugging home from second...and...then: freight train meets Mini Cooper.
Big day for Dunn (2-4, HR, BB, RBI, 3 R), who was completely justified to run over Santana. But even if he wasn't, do you really think Manny Acta would have stood up for his player by calling for a retaliatory beaning later in the game? No way (and not out of fear of Strasburg). If we learned anything from The Manny Acta Era in D.C., it's that Manny seems to have a thing for leaving his players hanging while standing on the top step of the dugout, staring off into space.
For your enjoyment, here are a few more photos of TV showing the play: