(AP) — Nelson Cruz has been lethal during his latest home run streak no matter what the count has been, though he’s had his problems against Brett Anderson, who was once a major nemesis to the Seattle Mariners.
The slugger looks to homer for the fifth straight game Wednesday night and spoil Anderson’s hopes of helping the Los Angeles Dodgers complete a three-game home sweep.
Cruz has gone deep five times and driven in eight runs in his four-game power surge, matching a career-best homer streak in the first four games for Texas in 2011.
Every homer in this streak has come on a different count, with his solo shot in Tuesday’s 6-5 loss on a full-count offering. He has also connected on counts of 1-0, 2-0, 1-1 and 1-2 in this stretch.
Alex Rodriguez was the last Mariner to homer in five straight games in 1999.
Monday, April 13 – RECAP: Mariners Hit 4 Home Runs, Lose In 10 To Dodgers
Tuesday, April 14 – RECAP: Rodney Blows First Save, M’s Fall To Dodgers 6-5
Wednesday, April 15 – Taijuan Walker (0-1, 24.30 ERA) vs. Brett Anderson (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
– Nelson Cruz is leading the Majors in home runs during Interleague play since the start of 2014; he has hit 28 home runs during Interleague play since 2007 — the third most in Major League Baseball during that span.
– Each of the last four Mariners games have been decided in a teams last at-bat, two extra-inning wins in Oakland (Sat-Sun), and two walk-off losses here in Los Angeles
– Seattle is the only team to start season by facing 3 consecutive 2014 playoff teams.
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