“He’s good company,” Trout said after the game, according to ESPN. “I just put a good swing on the ball and they go out.”
“I go up there ready to strike and whatever happens, happens,” Trout said. “I will come (Tuesday) and do the same because it works for me.”
“He just missed one earlier, and you could see his swings were good,” Angles interim manager Phil Nevin told ESPN. “You knew if the guy missed in the zone there, he could get one. And sure enough, the first pitch in that batting game, he threw a fastball in the zone and Trouty had it. It was a big home run in a big square to tie the game and really gave us a lot of life.”
Despite Trout’s brilliance, the Angels fell defeated to the Guardians and continued their dismal season. The Los Angeles team now holds a 61-80 record and has won only more games than the Oakland Athletics in the AL West.
Both managers were sent off in the seventh inning following arguments on the sidelines. Guardians manager Terry Francona was dismissed by the referee team manager when he protested that Andrés Giménez had been hit by a throw. Following a delay, Nevin joined his counterpart after complaining that pitcher Ryan Tepera was not allowed warm-up pitches.
Following the chaos, the Guardians prevailed. In the bottom of the seventh, Ahmed Rosario hit an RBI brace to drive in a run, before Emmanuel Clase fired a perfect ninth to close the game.
Trout peak season
Trout’s form marks a remarkable turning point in the center fielder’s fortunes this season.
Following back spasms and rib pain, Trout eventually received a diagnosis that initially seemed, at best, to force him to miss the rest of the season.
But MLB’s second-highest-paid player recovered quickly, making his return on August 19.
Since his return, the three-time American League MVP has been in superb form, batting .313/.367/.747 with 11 home runs and 18 RBIs in 21 games.
During his seven-game HR streak, he batted .417/.462/1.250 and had 11 RBIs.
This represents a great comeback from the slugger whose career seemed in doubt following the diagnosis.
Trout has already surpassed Bobby Bonds’ record of five straight home runs for the Angels, and he’ll join even more prestigious company if he lands another one tonight.