Our quest to remember every Mike Trout home run, one game at a time, brings us to 2014 for the second day in a row. This time, we are in Anaheim on July 20, 2014, the finale of a weekend series against the Mariners just after the All-Star break.
Trout’s home run came in the third inning against Tall Chris Young, and tied the game at 3-3. It was the second blast of back-to-back shots, following Kole Calhoun.
The home run was Trout’s 23rd of the season, and the 85th of his career.
Trout also started the ninth inning rally with a walk to lead off the inning, and scored the tying run on a double by Albert Pujols. This was notable because it came off Fernando Rodney, who celebrated with his trademark arrow after ending the eighth inning. Trout and Pujols returned the favor with an arrow of their own after the game-tying double.
‘’That’s his thing,’’ Pujols told the Associated Press. ‘’I’ve known Rodney for 15 years, so we go way back. And every time I see him, I tell him I’m going to do that to him if I get a big hit against him.”
Five batters later, Grant Green delivered a walk-off single for a 6-5 Angels victory.
Both wins against Seattle that weekend were walk-offs, and Sunday’s victory gave the Angels five series victories in a row.