Mike Trout’s Angels residence run streak ends in need of MLB document

Mike Trout got here up only one residence run in need of historical past.

The Angels slugger on Tuesday had 4 possibilities to hit a house run for the eighth recreation in row and all 4 instances, he by no means obtained a ball deep into the outfield in Cleveland.

His first two at-bats, towards Guardians starter Cody Morris, resulted in a fly out and a stroll. In his closing two makes an attempt, towards relievers Kirk McCarty and James Karinchak, Trout lined out and flied out. The Angels misplaced 3-1.

Nonetheless, he’s one in all simply 9 gamers to homer in seven consecutive video games. The document of eight is held by Ken Griffey Jr., who completed the feat in 1993 with the Seattle Mariners, Don Mattingly with the New York Yankees in 1987 and Dale Lengthy with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1956.

Trout has proved simply how good he feels and the way a lot improved he has been since spending greater than a month sidelined with a again damage.

Within the 21 video games he performed earlier than Tuesday, he batted .313 with a 1.114 on-base-plus-slugging proportion. Of his 26 hits in that span, 11 had been residence runs and three had been doubles. He additionally contributed 18 RBIs along with scoring 17 runs. The Angels had been 10-11 in that span.

His 35 residence runs this season — tied with St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt for fourth most within the majors getting into Tuesday — are greater than he hit within the earlier two seasons mixed. He hit 17 in 60 video games throughout a 2020 season shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and simply eight throughout a 2021 season derailed by a proper calf pressure.

The final time he hit greater than 30 residence runs in a season was in 2019, when he hit 45 on the way in which to successful his third American League Most worthy participant award.

Trout set an Angels document when his streak hit six in Houston on Saturday. Bobby Bonds homered in 5 straight from Aug. 2 to 7 in 1977.

After the streak reached seven video games Monday, Trout informed reporters in Cleveland: “I think about it after it happens, like you realize [the streak] is still going. But other than that, I don’t think about it. … I knew I needed five to tie the Angels record, and now I need eight. It’s good company to be in.”

Trout’s uptick in residence runs additionally sparked a story that he and Shohei Ohtani have been motivating one another in somewhat competitors to hit probably the most residence runs on the group. Ohtani, the reigning AL MVP, has 34. They’ve each homered in a recreation 9 instances this season.

“It’s been cool,” Trout just lately mentioned of these video games. “A lot of people, especially the last couple days, are saying we’re pushing each other for the home run lead and that’s pretty cool.

“I’m not trying to go up there and hit a home run. He isn’t either. It’s just having good at-bats.”