Trout about to make Halos' home run history

September 3rd, 2020

hit his 13th homer of the season to tie for the Major League lead and move within one of the Angels' franchise record, but it wasn’t enough in an 11-4 loss to the Padres on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium. The Angels dropped to 5-6 in games that Trout has homered in this season.

Trout, who is now tied with the Twins' Nelson Cruz, the Yankees' Luke Voit and the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. atop this season’s home run leaderboard, reached 298 career blasts with a two-run shot off right-hander Dinelson Lamet in the third. Tim Salmon holds the club record with 299. Only 150 players in Major League history have reached the 300-homer plateau.

"It's incredible. It's two fish and the depth we've gone to create home run hitters," Angels manager Joe Maddon said jokingly. "I know Timothy well. I was involved in signing him, and I'm very much aware of the number. This guy should've been an All-Star multiple times but had a difficult time getting off to good starts. What a great player. And now Mikey is catching up to him rather quickly."

Trout’s shot came on a 1-1 fastball up in the zone. It was the third homer for Trout over his last five games. It also gave him 34 RBIs in 33 games, which leads the American League and is tied for the Major League league with Tatis. Trout, a three-time American League MVP and eight-time All-Star, is primed to pass Salmon and is still just 29 years old and under contract with the Angels through 2030. Trout is in his 10th season with the Angels, while Salmon played his entire 14-year career with the club from 1992-2006.

“He’s going to pass him, and rightfully so,” Maddon said. “When Trout concludes his career, it's gonna be pretty epic, but don't underestimate the impact that Timothy had on this organization for many years and still does.”

also closed in on a milestone with an RBI double in the fourth to give the Angels a 3-2 lead after Jurickson Profar’s two-run shot off Julio Teheran in the top of the inning. It was career double No. 668 for Pujols, who is now just one behind Hall of Famer Craig Biggio for fifth on the all-time list. He also became the fifth player all-time to reach 5,900 total bases, joining Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Willie Mays and Barry Bonds.

Rookie right fielder made a tremendous diving catch near the right-field line to take away a hit from Tatis to end the fifth inning. It was the final batter for Teheran, who went five frames, allowing two runs on three hits to keep the Angels in the game.

Teheran, who was lifted after experiencing a cramp in his upper left quad while facing his last two hitters, was amazed by Adell’s catch and congratulated him after the play.

“That was impressive,” said Teheran, who threw 68 pitches. “That’s why I waited for him. I know he’s been out there working on his defense and everything to get better. That catch saved the inning. I wasn’t expecting him to go that far, because I saw the ball was going away from him. It surprised me, and I’m glad he made that catch.”

But the bullpen struggled, as relievers Ty Buttrey, Hansel Robles and Noé Ramirez combined to allow eight runs in the eighth inning, all with two outs. Catcher Jason Castro, who was traded by the Angels to the Padres on Monday, provided the go-ahead two-run double off Buttrey.

“It’s just overall pitch selection in the moment,” Maddon said. “Castro got us. If we just could've done better there, that's really what it comes down to. We played well up to that point and then all of a sudden it's pretty deflating when you start walking people. It was a really good game up to two outs in the eighth inning, it's crazy how it concluded.”