Mike Trout had an OK week. He only won the All-Star Game MVP with a 2-for-3, two-RBI performance, including a run and a triple, and then, because he was just feeling maybe too bored with raking against the game’s best, he went 6-for-16 in the weekend series against the resurgent Mariners, chalking a home run, a walk, four runs scored and three doubles.
Oh, and he also got his Green Arrow on against Seattle closer Fernando Rodney on Sunday, with a little help from Albert Pujols.
After Rodney – called upon to make a five-out save – got Kole Calhoun to fly out to center to end the bottom of the eighth, he hit the Angels dugout with a little lightning, his normal post-save routine. The Halos, to put it mildly, were less than pleased.
Enter: Trout and Pujols. Trout took a leadoff walk in bottom of the ninth, coming around to score from first on a Pujols double to right. After Trout scored, he fired a pantomimed arrow toward the middle of the diamond, and Pujols responded in kind, in effect giving Rodney figurative twin arrows through the heart.
On Friday, Trout secured the first win of the series, rattling a one-out double in the bottom of the 16th before himself riding home on Efren Navarro’s walk-off two-bagger.
The Angels took the game, and the series, from the Mariners, who remain 9.0 games back of the Oakland Athletics, and 7.5 games back of the Angels.
Previous Players of the Week
June 30-July 6: Jayson Werth
June 23-29: Altuve
June 16-22: Kershaw
June 9-15: McCutchen
June 2-8: Beltre
May 26-June 1: Encarnacion
May 19-25: Wainwright
May 5-May 11: Smith
April 28-May 4: Tulowitzki
April 21-27: Abreu
April 14-20: Morneau
April 7-13: J. Upton
March 31-April 6: Stanton
Scout Hot Sheet July 14-July 20: Mike Trout
Scout MLB Network Top Stories
Angels Fan Mailbag, SeptemberAngels Fan Mailbag, September. The pain is almost over.
Inside The HalosFriday at 12:40 AM
Santana launches three-run homer in 5-2 winFor the second consecutive night, Carlos Santana proved to be a difference-maker with four runs batted in and a decisive three-run blast to pull the Indians ahead in a Central…
Indians Baseball InsiderThursday at 5:45 PM
RECAP: Brazil run-rules Pakistan, 10-0Bichette brothers led Brazil to a victory over Pakistan in the World Baseball Classic qualifier opening game.
Hardball ScoopThursday at 2:30 PM
Timely hitting paves way to 4-3 victoryCorey Kluber tossed 6.1 innings of two-run ball behind four runs of offense to tie his previous career-high in wins with 18 (2014).
Indians Baseball InsiderWednesday at 9:42 PM