Today’s Mike Trout home run is another shot from his rookie season, with the Angels fighting for their playoff lives late in 2012.
Trout didn’t hit a home run in his previous 10 games, though he did have a .386 on-base percentage during that time. He doubled, walked, and scored once in three plate appearances against Peavy.
Up 5-1 in the seventh inning, Trout led off against reliever Brian Omogrosso with a home run over the scoreboard in right field. Scroll to 7:07 of this video to watch:
It was Trout’s 25th home run of the season, tying Ken Hunt (1961) for third all-time among rookies in franchise history, behind only Tim Salmon (31 home runs) and Mark Trumbo (29).
The win put the Angels 3½ games behind Oakland for the final American League wild card spot with 12 games to play. After this game, Trout hit .317/.451/.610 but the Angels finished four games out of a playoff berth.