Forget Big Bang Friday. Forget that it was also Flashback Friday. Tonight marked the debut of His Troutness: Playing in Center Field, number 27... MIKE TROUT!!
In a game where Ervin Santana did not have his best stuff on the mound tonight, the Angels fought and scratched their way to the win tonight. Santana pitched 7 decent innings while giving up 3 runs (all earned) on 6 hits, striking out 6 and walking only 1. Santana would receive a power surge of run support as all four runs scored tonight by the Angels came by way of the long ball, the dinger, the solo shot.
Erick Aybar put the Halos out in front 1-0 with a solo shot to right field in the 1st inning. Prized prospect Mike Trout flew out to right field in his first at bat in the Majors in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Vernon Wells would tie the game at 2-2 with his contribution to the fans in left field in the 4th inning. Seattle would again take the lead in the top half of the 5th inning with a sacrifice fly to score Dustin Ackley. Trout, in his second career AB, would ground out to SS Brendan Ryan in the home half of the inning. Hank Conger would deliver a Congercut to right field in the 7th inning to tie it back up at 3-3. Trout, in his 3rd AB, made solid contact but hit a line drive right at CF Franklin Gutierrez for the third out of the inning and 0 for 3 on the night.
Jordan Walden entered the game in the top of the ninth and got two quick outs but a deep fly ball to right center field provided Mike Trout a golden opportunity to be on the highlight reel tonight and he didn't miss a beat, making a fabulous catch to end the inning.
With Mike Trout due to bat third in the bottom of the 9th, you start to get that feeling that Trout could be the one to step up and win the game but not tonight. That honor went to Mark Trumbo who absolutely CRUSHED a pitch to deep center field for the walk off win. Can you recall the last time the Angels scored all their runs via the home run and came out victorious?