Trout makes a case for MVP with 5 hits

MIKE TROUT hit two home runs and have five hits on Saturday as the Angels beat the White Sox in Chicago (Flickr/Keith Allison).

Mike Trout made a strong argument for another American League MVP award Saturday when he hit two home runs en route to a 5-for-5 day in the Angels’ 12-3 win over the White Sox in Chicago.

The win was the Halos’ third in four games and brought the team within sight of .500 with a 70-72 mark. The Angel centerfielder ended up with five RBIs and three runs scored.

Trout’s 32nd and 33rd home runs – along with two other hits – pushed his batting average to .314. But he was only the grand marshal of the Halo hit parade, as three other Angels – Andrelton Simmons, Shohei Ohtani and Dennis Fletcher – had two hits each.

Overall, the team rapped out 17 hits in support of starter Matt Shoemaker (2-0) and four relievers. Shoemaker was not sharp, yielding seven hits and three runs in five innings, but the Angels never trailed and really nailed it down with six runs in the top of the ninth.

On Sunday Andrew Heaney (8-9) will start for the Halos against Reynaldo Lopez (5-9) as the visitors seek to sweep the three-game series.

Rustlers lose another close one

The Golden West College football team dropped another tight contest on Saturday, falling to Mesa College of San Diego 27-21 on the road.

With the loss, the Huntington Beach-based Rustlers saw their record fall to 0-2. Mesa is now 1-1. GWC lost 30-27 to top-ranked Fullerton on Sept. 1.

Nathaniel Espinoza completed 13 of 27 passes for GWC, with one touchdown and one interception. He also led the green-and-gold’s ground game, rushing for 98 yards on 16 carries and scoring one TD.

GWC will be back in action on Sept. 15 hosting West Los Angeles College at 1 p.m. on the Rustler campus.

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