In reliving all of these Mike Trout home runs, we come across a lot of games against the Seattle Mariners, which is understandable since 14.4 percent of Trout’s career homers have been hit against them, more than any other team.
Today’s game is from just after the All-Star break in 2019, part of a particularly punishing stretch for the Mariners. On July 20 the Angels were in Seattle, and this was mostly a pitchers’ duel, a 2-2 game until the ninth, with Griffin Canning and Wade LeBlanc doing the heavy lifting.
But the Halos rallied in the ninth for the go-ahead run against Roenis Elias, on a single by David Fletcher. That left two runners on base for Trout, who blew the game open.
This was an American League-best 31st home run of the season for Trout, and 271st of his career. Trout has two home runs in 17 career plate appearances against Elias.
This was also part of an amazing stretch for Trout against the Mariners.
In the first two games after the All-Star break, July 12-13 against the M’s in Anaheim, Trout homered, including driving in six runs in that first game. He batted once in the series finale before leaving with right calf tightness.
A week later in Seattle, Trout homered in the Friday series opener, then homered in this game, and followed that up with a home run in the series finale on Sunday. That’s five straight healthy games against the Mariners with a home run, all in a 10-day span.