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.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.