Trout homers as Angels top White Sox 8-7
Friday, August 16, 2019

(LOS ANGELES) - A low changeup scraping the outside corner is not a home run pitch for most hitters. Mike Trout is not most hitters, and he blasted it off the fake rock pile beyond center field at the Big A for the latest milestone homer in what's shaping up to be his best power season yet. Trout went 4 for 4, scored four runs and hit his AL-leading 40th homer, and Andrew Heaney pitched seven innings of four-hit ball in the Los Angeles Angels' 8-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night. Trout turned a good, low pitch from Reynaldo Lopez (7-10) into a homer in the third inning, and he kept pace with the Dodger's Cody Bellinger for the overall major league homers lead. He also reached another franchise milestone: The two-time AL MVP became the fastest player to 40 homers in Angels history and the fifth-fastest in the majors in this century by reaching the mark in 123 games, 13 fewer than Troy Glaus needed for the Halos in 2000. Trout wasn't the only player putting on a power show in Anaheim. Teammate Justin Upton had a three run homer for the Angels and Jose Abreu hit two homers for Chicago. Trout reached base five times, emphatically snapping an 0-for-11 mini-slump with four consecutive hits before drawing a four-pitch walk in the eighth. The Angels took an 8-3 lead into the ninth, but nearly blew it by allowing five hits. James McCann had an RBI triple off Trevor Cahill before Welington Castillo hit a two run homer off Hansel Robles. Heaney (2-3) yielded three runs in his first victory since June, striking out six and walking none in his second start back from a shoulder injury. He retired the first 10 White Sox, followed by eight more in a row.