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Mike Trout powers Angels to victory in Matt Thaiss’s MLB debut


MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Angels 6 Rangers 2

On a Wednesday night in Texas, the Angels won their second straight game behind multi-hit performances from Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun, Shohei Ohtani, and Dustin Garneau.

The scoring was set up by a Matt Thaiss opposite-field double off a borderline pitch on the middle-upper edge of the strike zone, splitting the left-center gap for his first major-league hit off Rangers starter Ariel Jurado. It was nothing short of a beauty.

Thaiss, 24, was drafted in the first round of 2016, and has steadily risen through the minor leagues. It will be exciting to see what he can do moving forward.

Thaiss’s double was followed by a Dustin Garneau ground ball single to left, and a Kole Calhoun single. Then, off a pitch on the outer edge, Mike Trout somehow did this.

Later, Mike Trout provided an encore performance.

Though the Angels added on, that was all they needed as Jaime Barria managed his way through a potent Texas lineup. Despite a questionable strike zone, Barria struck out 8 (7 of which were of the swinging variety) across 5 innings, giving up 2 earned runs, 2 walks, and 4 hits. A run in the third should not have scored as Kole made a terrific throw that was, for a dubitable reason, cut off by Justin Bour as catcher Tim Federowicz scored from third base on a late tag. In the fifth inning, Federowicz hit a home run off Barria. It be like that sometimes.

Shohei Ohtani doubled twice, Justin Upton got another hit with a runner in scoring position, and the Angels prevailed for their second straight win following the unfortunate passing of Tyler Skaggs. #WeNasty