Today’s Mike Trout home run was a milestone for the Angels slugger. Last July, he tied Garret Anderson for second place on the franchise all-time home run list, his 272nd career shot.
The home run came on getaway day for the Angels in Seattle, a Sunday game against the Mariners on July 21, 2019. Trout walked in the third inning against starter Yusei Kikuchi, but the home run came in the seventh off Erik Swanson, a solo shot to left field that gave the Angels an 8-0 lead.
His last four home runs all came against Seattle, over six games spread across 10 days. Trout on the season hit eight homers against the Mariners in 19 games, hitting .344/.500/.844 with 22 runs batted in.
The Angels beat Seattle, 9-3.
This was Trout’s only time to date facing Swanson, one of 10 pitchers against whom Trout has a home run in his only at-bat. The others are Chad Bettis, Diego Castillo, Francisco Cordero, Pedro Figueroa, Pierce Johnson, Nick Kingham, Ryan O’Rourke, Joe Palumbo, and Mark Worrell. Figueroa also walked Trout twice, and Bettis hit Trout in his only other plate appearance. But that’s the 5.000 OPS club for Trout.