Mark Trumbo fooled by fly ball, scales outfield fence unnecessarily in Australia

Mark Townsend
March 22, 2014

The Mark Trumbo in left field experiment went about as well as you might expect for the Arizona Diamondbacks during their opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday morning.

Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in a three-team, six-player blockbuster deal also involving the Chicago White Sox, the first baseman/designated hitter didn't have a clear defensive home with Arizona given that the National League doesn't feature a DH and they already have MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt manning first.

Their plan: Move Trumbo to left field, because whatever damage he does there he should more than make up for at the plate.

That should prove to be true, but his offense has a little catching up to do after game one. In just his second regular season inning as the left fielder for Arizona, Trumbo managed to turn what should have been a fly ball out into one of the more adventurous extra-base hits you'll see when he unnecessarily scaled the chain link outfield fence at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Maybe it looked fun. Perhaps the wind — which later knocked down a deep Yasiel Puig fly ball to center field — played tricks with it. Or maybe he just never saw it clear off the bat, because he missed the baseball by a few feet. The misplay allowed Scott Van Slyke, who later homered, to roll into second base with a double. Adrian Gonzalez moved from first to third, and Los Angeles was in business to score their first run.

To Trumbo's credit, he did rebound to drive in Arizona's lone run in their 3-1 loss to Los Angeles just a few innings later, but his misplay basically set the tone for the game and helped the Dodgers give Clayton Kershaw some wiggle room. He doesn't need much, and when all was said and done, he, along with Brian Wilson and Kenley Jansen, made a slim margin hold up.

It wasn't Trumbo's first rodeo in left field. He actually had 75 games of major league experience out there from his days with the Angels. It won't be his last either. He should be right back out there later tonight in game two. But it looks like the entire ride could be a bit adventurous and never smooth.

For Arizona's sake, here's hoping he got the most embarrassing play out of the way early.

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Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!