Welcome back to the Mike Trout home run daily, where we look back at every dinger in Trout’s career, one game at a time. The games are chosen at random — the first installment was a 2015 homer against Felix Hernandez — and today’s game is May 15, 2017.
This was a home game against the White Sox, and Kole Calhoun just tied the game with a three-run shot against Mike Pelfrey, with Trout on deck. Four pitches later, Trout took Pelfrey out to deep left field.
Trout’s home run was his 12th of the season, and moved him two behind Aaron Judge for the major league lead. It was the 180th shot of Trout’s career.
The home run snapped a personal 0-for-10 skid dating back to 2013 against Pelfrey, against whom Trout is 2-for-13 in his career, and knocked Pelfrey from the game. The Angels won, 5-3, and Trout was 1-for-3 with a walk.
This marked the fourth straight game with a home run for Trout, the longest such streak of his career (he matched it in April 2019). Angels pitcher Jesse Chavez, the winning pitcher that night in Anaheim and the beneficiary of Trout’s home run, described Trout to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register after the game.
“You have been spoiled,” Chavez said he tells people who have seen Trout every day for years. “I’m relishing every moment of it. Watching him go do his work every day. The way he goes about his business. Bar none, the best I’ve seen.”