Welcome back to the Mike Trout home run daily, our project that looks back to every home run of the Angels slugger’s career, one game at a time. Today’s random number generator takes us to May 26, 2019, with the Halos finishing up a homestand with the rubber game against the Rangers.
Trout got things started early for the Angels, taking starter Ariel Jurado deep with one out in the first inning, on Jurado’s sixth pitch of the game. Danny Santana had a beat on this ball in center field, but it was just out of reach, over the center field wall:
Trout blistered this ball at 108.3 mph off the bat, good for his 12th home run of the season, and the 252nd of his career.
Texas was victimized by Trout all season, to the tune of 11 home runs in 18 games against them and an .889 slugging percentage to go with his .500 on-base percentage against the Rangers. Three of those home runs came against Jurado, against whom Trout is 4-for-6 with two walks in his career. That’s a batting line of .667/.750/2.167.
Jurado also walked in this game, but left with a 5-1 lead for Texas. A six-run rally by the Angels in the seventh against the bullpen spoiled the Rangers’ plans, and Trout was in the middle of it, doubling home a run in the inning and scoring the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Kyle Dowdy.
The Angels won 7-6 to capture the series.