The Angels bats have suddenly awakened and they belted their usual whipping boys the Seattle Mariners 12-0 on Mike Trout pint glass night. And did Trout’s glass runneth over hitting for the cycle for the first time in his life and the 7th overall in Angels history and he did it with an 8th inning homerun that he describes nicely in our postgame chat below. The Angels are now an amazing 78-41 against the M’s since 2007 the best record by one team over another during that stretch.
Trout hit for the first Anaheim cycle at home since 2004 and he’s the youngest in American League history to do it, something he was very proud to hear me tell him about afterwards. He’s also the youngest since Vin Scully’s boyhood idol Mel Ott did it for the New York ‘Baseball’ Giants in 1929. And I just had to ask manager Mike Scioscia if he was at that game? But he wouldn’t take the bait stating it was more likely that I was there…actually I missed that one due to not being born yet (just a minor excuse, I know) but nice try Mike! :-)
It was also right fielder Josh Hamilton’s 32nd birthday and he celebrated with his first ever homer on his special day along with a triple and a pair of rbi’s. And Josh’s bat is finally starting to heat up with 4 of his 6 dingers in the last 13 games.
And it was a great night for Halos starter Jerome Williams who pitched 8 innings of shutout ball for a 6 hitter and he of course was all-smiles afterwards as well.
Angels 2b Howie Kendrick who went 2 for 4 with two rbi’s:
Angels 1b Mark Trumbo who was 1 for 5 but all smiles in the clubhouse:
So it’s now 3 straight wins for the Angels as they try to get off the floor in the American League West at still an incredibly awful 18-27 record…but remember that it’s still only May or a quarter into the season which is the worst way to see it as a Halos fan.