We are back at the Mike Trout home run daily, where we look back every single home run hit by Mike Trout in his career, one game at a time. Our random number generator takes us back six years to one of the longest games in Angels history.
The Angels hosted the Red Sox on August 9, 2014, a seemingly innocent Saturday night contest in Anaheim.
Trout got things started with an infield single in the first inning off Clay Buchholz, and scored on a two-run double by Albert Pujols. a The score stayed that way until the seventh, when Boston chased Garrett Richards and snatched the lead with a three-run frame.
Buchholz was still pitching in the eighth inning when Trout tied things up with a solo home run, a liner that made its way over the scoreboard in right center field. Scroll to 7:05 of this video to watch:
This was Trout’s 26th home run of the season, and 88th of his career. Trout in his career is 8-for-21 (.381) with two home runs and a double against Buchholz in his career.
But this game was far from over. Trout was intentionally walked in the 10th but the score stayed the same until the 14th. David Ortiz drove home a go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly, but in the bottom of the inning the bases were loaded with nobody out and the Red Sox had nowhere to put him. Junichi Tazawa had to pitch to Trout, and got him out, but the ground ball to shortstop was enough to score the tying run.
The Angels laoded the bases in the 17th but didn’t score. It was Pujols who ended this one, leading off the 19th with a walk-off home run, giving the Angels a 5-4 win.
At 19 innings this is the second-longest game in Angels history by innings. It’s tied for the longest in franchise history by time, at six hours, 32 minutes. Trout in the game came to the plate nine times, going 3-for-8 with a walk, two runs, and two RBI.