Welcome to the Mike Trout home run daily, where we review every single home run of the Angels outfielder’s career, one game at a time. Today’s random number generator brings us back to May 20, 2015 in Toronto.
This was a battle between the top two finishers in American League MVP voting that year, with Trout finishing second to Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson. But for this game, Donaldson was 0-for-4 while Trout had his imprints all over this game.
Trout singled to open the fourth inning and scored the game’s first run on a bases-loaded walk. After Toronto rallied for three runs and the lead in the bottom of the inning, Trout hit a solo home run against Drew Hutchison in the fifth inning.
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The shot, to center field, was Trout’s 11th home run of the season and his 109th career homer.
“The last couple games I was not getting my foot down, and I wasn’t picking up the ball,” Trout told Jose Mota after the game, “Just timing is a little off, a little late right now. I just told myself get my foot down, try to hit up the middle, and good things happen.”
Down 3-2 in the seventh, Trout walked with two outs and scored the winning run on a double by Marc Krauss, who filled in at first base after Albert Pujols was hit by a pitch on the wrist.
At this point in Trout’s career, the Angels were 18-1 when he scores three or more runs. To date, they are 38-2 in such games.
Up next: Trout’s final home run from 2013.