Mike Trout is now the best ballplayer I have seen in my lifetime. The Angels were in a 9-4 hole, and continued to chip away at the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
Of course, it was Trout who completed the huge comeback in Anaheim. Trout homered in the bottom of the 8th inning off Yusmeiro Petit. It was Trout’s 7th home run of the season, and sixth since returning from having his first kid.
.@MikeTrout, you are UNBELIEVABLE. pic.twitter.com/r4sSlQrdZA
— MLB (@MLB) August 11, 2020
Also, Trout hit one out earlier in the game, which would become a footnote after his triumphant closing act.
Trout hits one out 🐟 pic.twitter.com/m7teq5OM0q
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) August 11, 2020
The living legend finished with four hits on the night and four runs scored. Anthony Rendon and Shohei Ohtani also had two-run homers of their own to key the Anaheim victory, one they sorely needed.
Continually, manager Joe Maddon boggled the use of his pitching staff. It seemed like Maddon was constantly asking a reliever on fumes to get one more out then he really should have been leveraged. All of this came after Julio Teheran was sent back out in the third inning to give up a bomb to Matt Chapman who had a huge game in his own right.
Still in the end, Oakland didn’t have Trout. And they couldn’t get the ball to Liam Hendricks. The Angels had one shot to win this game, and checked in as underdog winners in the bottom of the 8th when Trout struck to deep left field with a no-doubter for the second time.
At 29 years old, Trout hits home runs 291, and 292 on his career. Hopefully, he can find his way to number 300 in this odd season and call it a milestone. With Dylan Bundy going tomorrow, the Angels have a shot to get a little momentum going finally.