BALTIMORE -- Michael Trout joined a prestigious club on Saturday night at Camden Yards, all while keeping the Angels in the heart of the American League Wild Card chase.Trout hit two more homers, and the Angels hit four overall, en route to a 5-1 victory over the Orioles. His first
BALTIMORE -- Michael Trout joined a prestigious club on Saturday night at Camden Yards, all while keeping the Angels in the heart of the American League Wild Card chase.
Trout hit two more homers, and the Angels hit four overall, en route to a 5-1 victory over the Orioles. His first homer, which came in the first inning, was his 25th of the season season and made him the third player in Major League history to hit 25 homers in a season six times before his age-26 season.
The other two? Hall of Famers Eddie Mathews and Frank Robinson.
"To be grouped up with [those] guys, it's an unbelievable feeling," Trout said. "It's pretty cool."
Trout did not know of the feat until being told after the game. During the game, he kept doing what many of the Angels have been doing in recent days: hitting home runs.
Through the first two games of their series in Baltimore, the Angels have hit nine home runs. Over their last four games, all 16 runs have come via the home run. The Angels have banged out 17 homers in the first eight games of this road trip, which finishes with Sunday's finale against the Orioles.
What makes the numbers even more interesting is that the Angels entered this series in Baltimore ranked second-to-last in the AL in home runs.
"We're barrelling up baseballs, and they're going over the fence," Trout said. "The whole lineup is [hitting with power]. It's fun to watch. You keep passing the baton and go from there."
Manager Mike Scioscia is also glad to see this surge, because the team's lack of power made creating offense even more difficult at times this season.
"We've hit them out, " Scioscia said. "We haven't hit many all year. We've tried to be creative and try to get men on base. We haven't had the slugging percentage to the level we need it. It's good to see it come alive."
Luis Valbuena hit the other two home runs in this game. Valbuena is batting .197 on the season, but he has nine homers since the All-Star break and said he's past his earlier struggles.
"I feel so good, looking for a good pitch," Valbuena said. "I go to home plate, I do my best [and] I'm looking for my pitch. I come here and play my game. Tomorrow's a new day."
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore who covered the Angels on Saturday.