We choose which Mike Trout home run(s) to write about based on a random number generator, so it’s just a coincidence that today’s game is one we’ve seen recently. Not one covered in the Trout home run daily, mind you, but rather his first career five-hit game, on May 26, 2018 at Yankee Stadium.
This game was rebroadcast this March 26, on what would have been opening day, on MLB’s YouTube channel. You can watch here:
Trout’s home run in this game came in the fourth inning against Yankees starter Sonny Gray, the 17th home run of the season for Trout and the 218th homer of his career. Those 17 home runs tied Mookie Betts for the major league lead at that point in the season.
Trout also doubled three times that day in The Bronx, tying Angels records for doubles and extra-base hits in a game. Five hits in a game is a hot streak unto itself, but Trout was especially scorching of late, including this game. This was his third straight game with a home run, and his eighth straight game scoring at least one run, with a .629 on-base percentage over those eight games.
With Trout driving in four and scoring three, the Angels routed the Yankees 11-4 on that Saturday and moved to 29-23 on the season. At the time they were third place in the division, 4½ games back of the Astros, but only 2½ games behind a wild card position.
Up next: A home run from July 2014 against the Orioles