Mike Trout continued to burnish his resume for the Baseball Hall of Fame with a grand slam home run that propelled the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros Saturday night in Anaheim.
The Halo centerfielder blasted a 458-foot drive into the seats in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Halos won their second straight and improved their record to 3-6. Houston fell to 5-4.
Trout’s dinger was accompanied by two walks, raising his batting average to .385 and his OPS (on-base plus slugging) to an atmospheric 1.476.
It was his fourth home run in three games.
“Trout’s been the bulk of our offense these last couple games where we’ve won,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. “I’d like to see more contribution up and down the lineup. But there are times when Mike Trout is going to be the bulk of our offense.”
Another part of the offense was Albert Pujols, who smacked his first four-bagger of 2019 in the seventh. Also, David Fletcher had three hits to raise his batting average to .333.
Pitching was a less spectacular, but equally important part of the victory. Tyler Skaggs worked 6.1 strong innings, giving up just five hits and one run in squaring his record at 1-1. He struck out five batters and walked just one.
The bullpen did its part by working 2.2 one-hit innings and striking out seven batters while walking one.
On Sunday the Angels will start Chris Stratton (0-1) in the final game of the series.