Welcome back to the Mike Trout home run daily, where we relive every single home run of Mike Trout’s career, one game at a time. Today’s random number generator brings us to the final week of 2015.
Trout walked in the first inning, and the game was still scoreless in the third inning, when he took Barry Zito deep, over the hedges in center field. Scroll to 9:09 of this video to watch:
This was Zito’s final career game, and those were the only two plate appearances he faced Trout. But Trout also had two doubles and a single in a game against him in 2012. The four at-bats and five plate appearances are Trout’s most against any pitcher he hit 1.000 against.
Trout’s 3.250 OPS against Zito is his second-highest against any pitcher he has at least five PA against, trailing only Shane Greene (3.267; 2-for-3, 2 HR, walk).
Trout singled in the fifth and sixth innings, and this game was a high-scoring affair. The Angels hit five home runs but trailed 8-7 when Trout walked with nobody out in the ninth inning. He was singled to third by David Freese with two outs, but Collin Cowgill grounded out to end the game.
This is one of 13 career games reaching base at least five times in a game for Trout, with a career best of six times reached in 2013. So we have Trout reaching base all five times in this game, and Trout reaching base all five times in his career against Zito. Quite a game.