Welcome back to the Mike Trout home run daily, where we relive each and every home run of the Angels superstar’s career, one game at a time. Today’s random number generator choice is a two-homer game from three years ago.
On August 19, 2017, the Angels were in the middle game of a weekend series against the Orioles in Baltimore, facing Kevin Gausman.
Trout got him in the first inning, a solo shot to left field, then took Gausman deep again in the third inning, this time into the Angels bullpen in left center.
Trout in his career is 7-for-17 (.412) with three home runs against the right-hander, and his .941 slugging percentage in 19 plate appearances against Gausman is Trout’s ninth-highest against any pitcher he’s faced at least 15 times.
The first home run for Trout made him just the third player in major league history with six years of 25 or more home runs before their age-26 season, joining Eddie Mathews and Frank Robinson.
The Angels won this game, 5-1, and Trout homered three times in the first two games of the series. He had 26 home runs on the season through only 78 games — he missed 39 games with a torn thumb ligament — to go with a .700 slugging percentage.
After this game — the ninth multi-homer game for Trout — he had 194 career home runs.