Our latest Mike Trout home run daily brings us to Tropicana Field, where our protagonist hit a solo shot on Aug. 27, 2013 against the Rays.
In case you forgot our mission here: Trout has 285 home runs in his career, plus two in the All-Star Game, and those were hit in 269 games. I use a random number generator to choose each game, and the plan is to write about one game in which Trout homered each day until either (a) baseball comes back; or (b) we run out of games.
Trout’s home run in this game came in the fourth inning against Roberto Hernandez of the Rays. Hernandez pitched six years for the Indians under the name Fausto Carmona through 2011. Trout never faced Carmona, but is 4-for-14 against Hernandez, and this was the second of three career home runs against him.
This was Trout’s 23rd home run of the season, and the 58th of his career.
The home run by Trout tied the game at 1-1, and though he struck out in his final three at-bats, the Angels would rally. After Tampa Bay built a 5-1 lead, the Angels scored three runs in the seventh inning and two more in the ninth inning for a 6-5 win. Erick Aybar played hero with a two-run single in the seventh, and the winning two-run double in the ninth.