When we started the Mike Trout home run daily, our quest to review every single career home run for the Angels star, our random number generator started with a home run against Felix Hernandez of the Mariners. Now, we’re back to another Trout homer against Hernandez, this one from July 28, 2018.
It shouldn’t be surprising that Hernandez is the pitcher here. He’s the pitcher who’s faced Trout far than any another (99 plate appearances), and Trout’s eight home runs against Hernandez are his most against any pitcher.
This one was the last of those eight home runs against Hernandez, and it came in the first inning in the middle game of a weekend series against Seattle. Trout’s home run was pulled to left field, over the bullpens.
This was the fourth home run in nine games since the All-Star break for Trout, and his 29th of the season. Those 29 home runs ranked third in the majors at the time, three behind J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox, and one behind Jose Ramirez of the Indians.
It was Trout’s 230th career home run.
Trout didn’t do much the rest of the game, finishing 1-for-4, but he didn’t need to. The Angels tacked on three runs in the second inning, then four more in the third to chase Hernandez, and the rout was on. The Halos won 11-5.