Let Mike do it.
With the rest of the Angels’ offense still struggling, Mike Trout took matters into his own … er … bat and hit two home runs Friday night, lifting the Halos to a 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers in Anaheim.
Trout’s heroics helped the team snap a five-game losing streak and polished his credentials as the best player in baseball.
“It means a lot,” Trout said. “We’ve been struggling lately. Pitching’s been great, but the offensive side has been struggling. We’ve just got to trust it. We’re working hard every day, and, obviously, we want to go out there and score a bunch of runs. … These games right here can get some momentum going, and, hopefully, we can win a couple.”
Pitching was pretty good. Felix Pena started the game and worked 4 2/3 innings, giving up just one just on four hits. He struck out seven batters. The bullpen took over and four relievers shut the door the rest of the way.
But, of course, none of that would have mattered if Trout had not gone deep in the sixth and eighth innings.
The Angels (2-6) will try to make it two in a row on Saturday when they again take on the Rangers (5-3)with Tyler Skaggs (0-1) making the start for the home team.