Welcome back to the Mike Trout home run daily, where we look back at every single one of Mike Trout’s career home runs, one game at a time. We use a random number generator to determine each game, and today’s came up on July 31, 2018.
The Angels opened a midweek series against the Rays in this one, and though Tampa Bay thumped them 10-6, Trout had a chance to introduce us to a quirk of Tropicana Field.
His sixth inning drive to center field against Ryan Yarbrough was plenty deep for a home run, but bounced back down to the field after hitting the catwalk, just as Trout was doing a little turn on the basepaths.
This was Trout’s 30th home run of the season, before August, just two behind J.D. Martinez and Jose Ramirez for the major league lead.
This game finished off a stellar July for Trout, hitting .291/.462/.582 with six home runs during the month. To give you an idea of how good Trout was that year, this July performance lowered his OPS on the season, from 1.102 to 1.090. What a horrific slump.
Through this game, Trout had 231 career home runs.