Our random number generator brought us today to a Mike Trout home run from five years ago, against a familiar divisional foe. On July 24, 2015, the Angels opened a weekend series with a Friday night game against the Rangers, with Colby Lewis on the mound for Texas.
Trout walked in the first inning against the right-hander, but in the fourth inning he opened the scoring with a solo home run well over the bullpens. Scroll to 6:18 of this video:
Lewis faced Trout in 45 plate appearances, the seventh-most by any pitcher. This was the third of four career homers for Trout off Lewis, against whom he hit .351/.422/.811.
This was the 29th home run of the season for Trout, and his 127th career blast.
It was also Trout’s ninth home run in just 17 games in July, hitting .317/.427/.746 during the month through this game. Trout would hit 11 home runs during July, and won his third American League Player of the Month award.
Trout was 2-for-3 in this game, the beginning of a stellar weekend against Texas that saw him go 8-for-12 (.667) with three home runs, a double, two walks, seven RBI, and four runs scored in three games.