Our next adventure on the Mike Trout home run daily brings us to May 21, 2017, the final game of a three-game weekend set against the Mets.
The Angels were smarting after losses in the first two games of the series, trying to avoid a sweep on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. A fast start boded well for the Halos on this day, beginning with an intentional walk of Trout in the first inning, with runners on second and third base and nobody out. Trout has been intentionally walked 100 times in his career, understandable given his status as baseball’s best player. But this was the only time Trout was intentionally given a free pass in the opening frame.
Trout scored on a C.J. Cron grand slam, capping a five-run first, but the Angels were far from done. Trout hit a two-run shot in the second inning off starter Tommy Milone, followed by Jefry Marte hitting another homer for an 8-0 Angels lead.
Trout added an RBI double in the third inning, and walked in the sixth, helping the Angels to a 12-5 romp. The double by Trout came close to going out; from Jeff Fletcher’s game recap in the Orange County Register: “Trout nearly hit two homers, but instead knocked a line drive off the top of the fence in center field, settling for a double.”
The home run for Trout was his 14th home run of the season, and the 182nd of his career. The latter tied Trout with Troy Glaus for fourth-most in Angels history.
Trout in his career against the Mets is 11-for-23 with three home runs and two doubles in six games, scoring six runs while driving in six, hitting .478/.567/.957.