Today’s Mike Trout home run was his final one hit in 2016, the second of his three American League MVP seasons.
The Angels hosted the A’s on September 26, the start of the final homestand of the year. Trout was busy all game, including a single in the first innings.
He opened the scoring to start the fourth, a home run to left field against Sean Manaea, just to the right of the bullpens:
Trout in his career is 7-for-17 (.412) with three home runs, a triple, and four walks against Manaea. It was the 29th homer of the season for Trout, and his 168th career home run. He would score his 600th career run two days later.
In this game, Trout wasn’t done. Manaea walked Trout in the sixth, then Ryan Dull did so intentionally in the eighth. That brought up Albert Pujols, who delivered an RBI groundout for the winning run.
Trout reached base four times, the 14th time he did so in 2016; only Paul Goldschmidt, Freddie Freeman, and Jose Altuve had more such games. Trout’s reached base four times in a game 102 times in his career.