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Mike Trout home run daily: Showing off the bat & the arm

Trout’s bat and arm were on display against the Rangers

Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Welcome to the Mike Trout home run daily, where we review every home run in the Angels outfielder’s career, one game at a time. Today’s game came on April 4, 2019 at home against the Rangers, when Trout showed off both offensively and defensively in the third inning.

In the top of the inning, Ronald Guzman tried to score from second base on a single to center, but Trout had him nabbed by a mile at home plate for the second out of the inning. Then in the bottom half, Trout launched a pitch by Edinson Volquez over the center field wall for a solo home run.

If you’re keeping score at home, Trout’s throw home measured 96.4 mph per Statcast, while his home run left his bat an an exit velocity of 110.8 mph.

This was the first home run of the season for Trout, and the start of a stretch that saw him hit five home runs in a four-game stretch. It was the 241st home run of his career. Trout also reached a milestone of sorts in the fifth inning when he struck out against reliever Jeffrey Springs, the 1,000th career strikeout for Trout.