The Los Angeles Angels dropped their second straight game to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, but it was another historic day for Mike Trout.
In the bottom of the first inning, Trout hit a home run to right-center field on a 110 mph line drive off Spenser Watkins. It was his third homer of the season and cut the Orioles’ lead in half 2-1.
That score remained until the fifth inning when Trout pulled a ball to deep left field off Watkins on a 106 mph fly ball that cleared the fence. It was another two home run day for Trout, who has done that fairly often in his career.
Specifically, it was the 21st time in his career that he’s hit two long balls in a single game, which is more than any other Angels player in franchise history has done it.
Trout was previously in a three-way tie for first place with 20 multi-homer games. With the game last night, he took sole possession by passing Tim Salmon and Vladimir Guerrero.
The game comes just one day after Trout returned to the lineup after he was hit by a pitch on his left hand in the series finale against the Texas Rangers. He was held out of the lineup for their next series, but an x-ray showed no structural damage to his hand.
The two home runs also game him 314 for his career and he is now hitting .316/.435/.711 through 11 games this season.
Angels utilizing their speed early in the season
The Angels are among the top tier MLB rankings in home runs, RBI, total bases and on-base plus slugging, which was mostly expected, but they are also among the top teams at stealing bases, and that is exemplified by Tyler Wade.
Wade won’t light up the box score with his power numbers as he only has six homers in over 450 at-bats, but he felt underutilized during his tenure with the New York Yankees because he takes a ton of pride in his ability to wreak havoc on the base paths.
After stealing 21 bags and posting a career-high on-base percentage last season with the Yankees, he explained that his skill set isn’t the flashiest, but can be valuable when used correctly.
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