Ahead of the Angels’ final home game in 2022, stadium presenter Mandi Ortiz asked two young fans what they wanted to see during the game.
Her Answer: Mike Trout hits a home run.
In the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers, Trout delivered in front of an announced crowd of 26,041.
The bat shattered his 39th home run of the season from Tyson Miller’s 2-and-2 curveball, which Miller threw squarely down the middle.
Trout jumped onto the field and hurled it 409 feet to its signature landing point over the midfield wall.
“It feels good,” Trout said of the shot. “I’ve been playing good ball lately and it’s good to end homestand of the year in front of the fans with a win.”
The solo home run gave the Angels a seven-run lead and at 44 earned him the title of most home runs against the Rangers since they moved to Texas. Reggie Jackson previously held the record.
“I mean he’s one in 40 away and missed a big chunk of the season. He’s looking good,” interim manager Phil Nevin said of Trout.
Trout hasn’t missed a beat since returning from the injured list on Aug. 19 after recovering from a back injury.
In his last 37 games – including Sunday’s 8-3 win over Rangers – Trout has 15 home runs, 28 RBIs, 44 hits and 29 runs.
His 39 home runs are second in the American League, fourth in baseball. New York Yankee Aaron Judge leads baseball with 61 home runs, and before the New York Mets played Sunday, Pete Alonso was third with 40.
When asked if he’s thinking about what his offensive numbers might have been without that month-long IL stint, Trout said, “I’m trying not to think about it. I just tried to end the season strong when I came back and I’ve got three games left so it’s going in the right direction.”
In the six-run Angels first inning, Trout also scored the team’s first hit of the game, a single that bounced across the infield grass.
He hit Taylor Ward’s single for the first run of the game.
The first inning also included the Rangers running in an Angels run, Livan Soto driving with a double in two, and David Fletcher driving with a single in two.
The Rangers hit three runs in the fifth inning, two of them on a home run by Corey Seager in front of Angels starter Tucker Davidson.
Davidson threw 4 1/3 innings and gave up the three earned runs and three hits with five walks. He canceled three.
With the win, the Angels defeated both teams they played in their six-game homestand.
The Angels still have a three-game streak in Oakland but finished with a home record of 40-41.
“It wasn’t good enough. We’re not where we wanted to be,” Trout said when asked about the home record. “But the boys didn’t put our heads down. We try to finish strong.”
https://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/story/2022-10-02/angels-rangers-recap-mike-trout-home-run Mike Trout remains a model of dominant consistency for Angels