Arizona Diamondbacks OF Mark Trumbo talks about his triples

Apr 8, 2015, 10:08 PM | Updated: 10:08 pm
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The Arizona Diamondbacks thought they had a slugger in Mark Trumbo.

Instead, apparently, they have a speed demon.

Two games into the season, the D-backs’ outfielder leads the National League in triples, with two.

Trumbo tallied just one triple last season, and had seven in his career prior to this season.

Who needs home runs when you can leg out triples, right?

“The first one, I actually thought I killed, I thought it was no doubt (a home run), then it fell a little short. Don’t know what to blame it on,” Trumbo told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday. “But a triple is cool. I’ll take whatever I can get.”

Trumbo would not confess to being fast, saying that in certain ball parks — Chase Field and Colorado’s Coors Field, in particular — it’s easier to get a triple than it may seem.

“But if you’re not going hard out of the box I guess you’re never going to get it, so I guess that’s kind of my mind set,” he said. “It’s just haul ass and if we’ve got a chance to keep going, keep going.”

The triples are Trumbo’s only two hits in eight at-bats. He has scored once, driven in one and struck out twice. Obviously the expectation for the former Angel is to drive the ball out of the park, which he did 95 times from 2011 to 2013. Last season, his first in Arizona, he hit 14 home runs in 328 at-bats. It was the lowest long ball total of his big league career, and something he’s looking to bounce back from.

“I did have a lot of focus in the offseason on a few things, offensively, and a lot of it is trying to drive more balls in the air,” he said of his approach this year. “I don’t have the speed to kind of beat out those infield hits all the time and obviously grounding into double-plays and things like that aren’t productive, either.

“So for me, line drives and long fly balls and things like that are going to be real important for me as far as my game goes.”

Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb high fives teammate David Peralta (6) after hitting a three run home during the fifth inning of a MLB baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong hands the ball to manager Bruce Bochy (15) during the fifth inning of a MLB baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb watches his three run home run leave the park during the fifth inning of a MLB baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, center, is checked on by the trainer as manager Bruce Bochy, right, looks to his bench during the fourth inning of a MLB baseball game, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Phoenix. Belt left the game with an injury. Watching, back to camera, is umpire Rob Drake. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Francisco Giants' Ryan Vogelsong scores on a sacrifice fly by teammate Joe Panik around the tag of Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, left, during the fifth inning of a MLB baseball game, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' David Peralta points to the stands after hitting a three-run home run during the third inning of a MLB baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' David Peralta watches his three-run home run take flight during the third inning of a MLB baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) The San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks play during the first inning of the MLB baseball game, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan salutes his bench after hitting a double as Arizona Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed waits for the throw during the first inning of a MLB baseball game, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa warms up during the first inning of a MLB baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong warms up during the first inning of a MLB baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong throws during the first inning of a MLB baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run as Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb, right, looks on during the first inning of a MLB baseball game, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a MLB baseball game, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey follows through on a two run home run during the first inning of a MLB baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) A San Francisco Giants fan eats cracker jacks prior to a MLB baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Francisco Giants' Santiago Casilla, right, celebrates with catcher Buster Posey, left, after the final out against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning of an opening day baseball game Monday, April 6, 2015, in Phoenix. The Giants won 5-4. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock breaks his bat during the ninth inning of an opening day baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Monday, April 6, 2015, in Phoenix. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 5-4. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Francisco Giants' Santiago Casilla celebrates the final out against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning of an opening day baseball game Monday, April 6, 2015, in Phoenix. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 5-4. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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