Today’s Mike Trout home run comes at the end April 2017, when Trout was finishing off what was his fourth time winning American League Player of the Month.
On April 28, the Angels opened a weekend series against the Rangers in Arlington, and Trout hit a go-ahead, two-run home run against Nick Martinez in the sixth inning.
Trout had nine extra-base hits in 16 games against the Rangers in 2017 — six doubles, three homers — and hit .386/.514/.649. In Texas, he was 12-for-22 (.545) in six games.
That included two more singles in this game and a walk, scoring twice. This was the seventh home run of the season for Trout, and his first since passing Vladimir Guerrero for fifth on the Angels all-time home run list three days earlier.
Trout’s hitting streak reached 12 games with his three-hit performance. The streak would extend to 17 games, the longest of his career to date, during which he hit .391 with 12 extra-base hits.
In April, Trout hit .364/.443/.707, second in the AL in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS, while leading in wRC+ (200) and fWAR (1.9). Trout was tied for third in home runs (seven) and tied for fifth in stolen bases (five), and was named AL Player of the Month for the fourth time of his career. Before this, Trout’s last Player of the Month was July 2015.