With a fifth-inning two-run home run off of Rockies starter Brett Anderson, Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo tied a club record with homers in four consecutive games, via AZCentral’s Nick Piecoro. Per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, Mark Reynolds was the last D-Back to do it, in 2009, and five D-Backs have accomplished the feat since the franchise came into existence in 1998.
The Major League record for home runs in consecutive games is eight, held by Ken Griffey, Jr. (1993), Don Mattingly (1987), and Dale Long (1956).
Trumbo joined the D-Backs in a three-team trade back in December. He is now hitting .324 with five home runs and 13 RBI in his first nine games with his new team. Sunday’s blast, by the way, was also the 100th of his career.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.