With the games result well in hand, Trout came to the plate in the eighth inning needing a home run to become the youngest player in American League history to accomplish this feat. On a 2-0 fastball at his ankles from Mariner left-hander Lucas Luetge, Trout golfed his historic home run over the right-center field wall.
When asked postgame if he had the cycle on his mind on the 2-0 pitch from Luetge, the 21-year-old Angels outfielder didn’t sugarcoat it, saying, “I tried to hit it out, and I hit it out.”
Trout could afford to have that approach with the Angels already up 11-0 on their AL West counterparts. The win marked the third straight for the Halos, who are on the road to recovery after their worst start in franchise history.
With a 10.5 game hole in the division, it will be a steep hill to climb to overtake the Texas Rangers. However, to write off the Angels is premature. With just under three-quarters of the season still to go, they find themselves just seven games back of the second Wild Card spot.
While the pitching staff has been the biggest question mark in the early-going, the return of Jered Weaver next week should certainly stabilize things.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Angels and manager Mike Scioscia can right the ship and get themselves into October baseball, something they failed to do last season. More of what Trout did Tuesday night sure wouldn’t hurt.