Hello again from the Mike Trout home run daily, where we take a look back at every home run in Trout’s career, one game at a time. Our random number generator today lands us on Sept. 2, 2016, the start of a weekend series in Seattle against the Mariners.
This game was a weird one. The Angels had bookend four-run innings in the first and ninth, but nothing in between.
Trout was the third batter of the game against Seattle starter Ariel Miranda, and his home run gave the Angels a 3-0 lead. The shot to right center field was just out of the reach of Ben Gamel.
It’s Trout’s only career home run against Miranda in five at-bat, but he’s also walked six times and owns an .583 on-base percentage against him. This gave Trout 26 home runs on the season, and 165 in his career.
The Mariners rebounded with a nine-run second inning to get the win.
Trout was 1-for-3 in the game, and walked twice in his other two plate appearances against Miranda. Trout reached base for the 20th straight game here, hitting .365/.518/.683 during the streak.
Trout would hit another home run the next day, and hit seven of his 29 home runs in 2016 against the Mariners.