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Mike Trout home run daily: Finishing off a stellar May

Taking Anibal Sanchez deep in 2016

Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images

Today’s Mike Trout home run came in 2016 on the final day of one of the best months of his career.

The Angels hosted the Tigers on May 31, 2016, and the mound matchup of Anibal Sanchez and Hector Santiago was decidedly not a pitchers’ duel.

Trout walked in the first inning, but his home run came in the second, a three-run shot that Cameron Maybin had a bead on before running out of room in center field.

Trout is 5-for-15 (.333) with three homers in his career against Sanchez.

Trout also walked and scored in the fourth and singled in the sixth, reaching base four times. The game was 9-9 in the ninth when C.J. Cron walked things off with a two-run home run.

Trout hit .340/.445/.613 with seven home runs, six doubles, and 21 walks in May. He scored 26 runs and drove in 27, the latter Trout’s highest in any month of his career. He lost out on AL Player of the Month to Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who hit .381/.474/.701 with eight homers.

Trout has won AL Player of the Month five times, which at first glance seems low, since he’s essentially been the best player in baseball in each of his eight full seasons. That’s 48 baseball months to win just five times. But looking deeper, that’s tied for the most in baseball during that span. Andrew McCutchen was named NL POTM winner five times.