ANAHEIM -- Mark Trumbo used to play half of his big league games in his hometown. Three seasons and three organizations removed from his time with the Angels, the Orioles slugger simply makes the most of his limited action this weekend at Angel Stadium.Trumbo, who went to high school five
ANAHEIM -- Mark Trumbo used to play half of his big league games in his hometown. Three seasons and three organizations removed from his time with the Angels, the Orioles slugger simply makes the most of his limited action this weekend at Angel Stadium.
Trumbo, who went to high school five miles away from the ballpark, gave his family and friends something to cheer about in Friday's 9-4 win over the Angels, hitting a two-run home run to left field in the third inning.
"You only come through [Anaheim] once [a season], so make the most of it," said Trumbo, who was born in Anaheim and drafted by the Angels.
It was the 13th homer of the season for Trumbo, the most in the American League. The two-run shot was projected to have traveled 418 feet and had an exit velocity of 110 mph, according to Statcast™. It's the kind of tape measure blast the Orioles have come to enjoy.
"There's some home runs he hits, you should get a run and a quarter for them, it shouldn't just be one run," Orioles manager Buck Showalter joked before the game.
Trumbo said he was expecting about 40 friends and family members to be in attendance Friday. He played four seasons for the Angels from 2010-13 and was an All-Star in '12.
Orioles rookie Joey Rickard also had family visiting from Northern California and Las Vegas. He didn't waste any time making an impact, belting the second pitch of the game over the fence in left-center for his first career leadoff homer.
"It was something special," Rickard said of playing in front of his family. "I'm glad I can give them what they came for. I didn't realize it would be that soon, but I'm happy the way things turned out."
After leaving the Angels organization, Trumbo played for the D-backs and Mariners before the Orioles acquired him in an offseason deal with Seattle.
"It's been a challenge, but a fun one and couldn't be happier with where I'm at here with this team," Trumbo said of bouncing around the league. "It's been a really good time and look forward to what's come."
Trumbo's homer came off left-hander Hector Santiago, who went to the Angels from the White Sox in the three-way trade that sent Trumbo to Arizona in December of 2013.
Trumbo said there wasn't any added satisfaction in taking Santiago deep. "No, it's just nice to help in that situation," he said. "There's nothing else."
**Austin Laymance** is a reporter for MLB.com.