Trumbo showing no signs of slowing down

May 4th, 2016

BALTIMORE -- Mark Trumbo has had quite the opening act in Baltimore.

Trumbo, coming off an impressive April in which he batted .337/.385/.573 with six homers and 19 RBIs, shows no signs of slowing down. The Orioles' right fielder was back at it again on Tuesday, blasting a pair of homers and driving in three runs in a 4-1 win over the Yankees.

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"It's been a lot of fun," Trumbo said. "At-bats-wise, I think I've done kind of what I was hoping to do. There's still a number of things I'd like to accomplish and shore up a few mechanical things, but as far as the numbers themselves go, I think it's about all I could ask for."

Trumbo, who went 2-for-4 to keep his average at .337, put the O's on the board by driving Yankees starter Luis Severino's 2-2 fastball into the left-field stands for a leadoff homer in the second. Trumbo struck again in the fifth, this time on a 1-1 changeup that also scored Adam Jones.

"He's got a pretty good track record of what he's doing now in April and now May," manager Buck Showalter said of Trumbo, who has a history of some pretty good early numbers. "I think he's a guy, regardless, I could tell about halfway through the spring it was going to be a pretty good fit in a lot of areas other than what he would bring statistically. He seems to really fit in quickly and I felt that way whether he was hitting like he is or not. He's been a real good fit for how we have to do it."

Acquired in an offseason trade with Seattle, Trumbo turned in his second multihomer game of the season and the ninth of his career. One thing that's helped him easily adjust to Baltimore has been the O's power-laden lineup, which has helped take any early pressure off Trumbo.

"Getting a chance to see a few similar hitters in front of me and how they are attacking those guys can be a huge advantage," said Trumbo, who has a team-leading 22 RBIs. "Coming in fifth [in the batting order], they have to go through Manny [Machado] and Jonesy. It really is a situation where you can totally be yourself, try to have your at-bats, and you don't have to do a single ounce extra because everyone is going to do their part."