OAKLAND — Mike Trout moved into a tie for the Major League lead in homers with an absolute blast into the third deck in left-center field at the Oakland Coliseum on Thursday.
Trout’s two-run shot off A’s left-hander Brett Anderson in the third inning of a 10-6 loss to the
Trout’s two-run shot off A’s left-hander Brett Anderson in the third inning of a 10-6 loss to the A’s gave him 45 homers on the year, tying him with the Mets’ Pete Alonso. The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (44) and the Brewers’ Christian Yelich (43) are also both in the thick of the home run race.
Trout, aiming to win his third AL MVP Award, is the first American League center fielder to hit 45 or more homers in a season since Ken Griffey Jr. hit 48 in 1999, and he is also now two homers shy of tying Troy Glaus for the club record with 47, set in 2000. Trout has never led the American League in homers and is up on Kansas City’s Jorge Soler by five blasts.
Trout’s homer had an exit velocity of 111.1 mph and went a projected 455 feet, per Statcast. The homer came on a first-pitch fastball, just like his previous one, which came on Monday on a first-pitch fastball from Mike Fiers. Trout is now hitting .477 (21-for-44) with six homers and 13 RBIs on first pitches put into play this season.
It was the fourth-farthest homer by Trout this year and his 10th-hardest homer by exit velocity this season. His farthest projected homer went 473 feet off Jakob Junis on May 18, while his best exit velocity on a homer this year is 114.4 mph, which he’s done twice.
Trout, who went 2-for-3 with a walk, also showed off his speed in the first, reaching on an infield single on a fairly routine grounder to the right side of shortstop Marcus Semien. Trout reached 29.6 feet per second on his way to first, higher than the MLB average of 27 and his season average of 29.2. He reached first in 4.34 seconds, his third-fastest time to first on a single this season.
It wasn’t all perfect for Trout, though, who couldn’t quite come up with a deep drive to center from Oakland’s Robbie Grossman that went over his head near the wall for a go-ahead two-run triple with two outs that was part of a seven-run seventh inning for the A’s.
Trout also had a tough time tracking a two-run single from Jurickson Profar that dropped in front of him with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth.