Trout scores 1,000th run, joins Mays, A-Rod on elite list

May 22nd, 2022

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout reached yet another milestone on Saturday against the A's, becoming just the second player in franchise history to score 1,000 career runs.

Trout, who scored the run on an RBI infield single from Luis Rengifo in the sixth inning, joined Garret Anderson, who scored 1,024 runs during his 15-year career with the Angels. And it helped back Michael Lorenzen’s strong outing in a 5-3 win at Angel Stadium that snapped the Angels’ four-game losing streak.

"It's pretty cool,” Trout said. “Obviously, when I get on base you have to have guys drive you in. So it's pretty special, but even though it's an individual statistic, you need to have people driving you in. So I have to give it up for my teammates."

Trout, 30, joined some elite company, as he became the third player in Major League history with at least 1,000 runs, 300 home runs and 200 stolen bases by an age-30 season, joining Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez. And over the last 60 years, he became the fifth-fastest to 1,000 career runs by games played. It took Trout 1,325 games to reach the milestone and the only players who reached it in fewer games over the last 60 years were Rickey Henderson (1,252), Rodriguez (1,261), Kenny Lofton (1,305) and Albert Pujols (1,306).

“To be in that group is special,” Trout said. “To be able to do it for this long and to accomplish that is pretty cool.”

Trout, a three-time American League MVP and nine-time All-Star, helped spark a two-run rally against reliever Lou Trivino in the sixth, as he drew a six-pitch walk after Shohei Ohtani led off with a single to left. Anthony Rendon followed with a single to left to load the bases. Jared Walsh struck out, but Brandon Marsh drew a walk to bring home a run before Rengifo hit a high chopper back to Trivino.

But Trout’s speed paid off, as it was too late for Trivino to throw home and he looked to first base, but no one was covering the bag, which allowed Rengifo to reach on an RBI infield single. With the run, Trout also became the 341st player in Major League history to reach 1,000 runs.

The only active players with 1,000 runs scored are Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Canó, Joey Votto, Andrew McCutchen, Justin Upton, Nelson Cruz and Trout. But Trout reached 1,000 career runs in fewer games than all of them except for Pujols.

"He got there very quickly, which is not unusual for him," Angels manager Joe Maddon said. "It's quite the achievement. And, of course, he's been playing with some pretty good guys who have driven him in. But he's also been setting the table."

Trout went 0-for-3 with a walk in the game, but is still off to yet another incredible start to the season. He's batting .310/.422/.667 with 11 homers, 11 doubles, 24 RBIs and 33 runs scored in 37 games. He's tied for third in the Majors with 2.6 Wins Above Replacement, trailing only the Padres' Manny Machado (3.0) and his Angels teammate Taylor Ward (2.7). His 33 runs lead the American League and only trail the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts’ 38 runs this year.

Maddon is continually amazed by Trout and said Trout will keep on adding to his already impressive career totals through his first 12 seasons with the Angels.

“It's just another milestone in his career that's going to continue with good health,” Maddon said. “It's just going to go on and on. It's pretty cool when you're able to score that many runs and you’re setting it up for the rest of the team. I hope people don't downplay that because it's a pretty significant number."