SEATTLE -- It didn't take long for Michael Trout to break out of his mini-slump.Trout hammered his 20th home run of the season off left-hander Wade LeBlanc in the first inning of the Angels' 5-3 loss to the Mariners on Monday night at Safeco Field. He then added his 21st
SEATTLE -- It didn't take long for Michael Trout to break out of his mini-slump.
Trout hammered his 20th home run of the season off left-hander Wade LeBlanc in the first inning of the Angels' 5-3 loss to the Mariners on Monday night at Safeco Field. He then added his 21st home run off reliever Ryan Cook to lead off the eighth, tying Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez for the MLB lead. The second homer rifled off Trout's bat at 115 mph and traveled a projected 459 feet, making it his second-farthest and second-hardest-hit blast under Statcast™ tracking.
"I just missed a couple fastballs before that," Trout said. "I didn't miss that one."
Trout had entered Monday 2-for-19 (.105) with no extra-base hits, no RBIs and seven strikeouts over his last five games, but he helped put that skid in the rearview mirror by crushing a 2-2 changeup from LeBlanc to left field for a solo home run that put the Angels on the board.
With the first-inning blast, Trout became the first Angel in franchise history to hit at least 20 home runs in seven consecutive seasons. He also joined Alex Rodriguez and Mickey Mantle as the only American League players to record seven straight 20-homer campaigns before their age-27 seasons.
Trout gave the Angels a bit of a scare after fouling a ball off his left shin in the third inning, but he remained in the game and later secured the 11th multi-homer game of his career. X-rays were negative, and the 26-year-old center fielder said he expects to play Tuesday.
"It's all right," Trout said. "Sore. We got precautionary X-rays, but there wasn't a break or anything, so that's always good news. It just hit me in a good spot, missed the guard. It happens. Obviously, it's going to be sore once the adrenaline from the game stops. It just went numb for a little bit. Just got to monitor it, keep icing it and get the swelling out."
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