It was almost impossible to see, especially with superstar Mike Trout‘s otherworldly numbers to open the season, but he had been scuffling a bit over his last three games.
With a strikeout in the first inning against Twins left-hander Lewis Thorpe on Friday, Trout had struck out in six of his last 10 plate appearances, including four times in Tuesday’s loss to the Royals. But Trout — like he seems to always do — broke out of that mini-slump with a key two-run single in the sixth inning to give the Angels the lead in a 10-3 win over the Twins in the series opener at Angel Stadium. And after the Twins decided to pitch to him in that at-bat, they chose to intentionally walk him in the seventh after a 2-2 count, leading to a grand slam from Justin Upton with two outs.
By going 1-for-2 with two walks in the game, Trout, 29, is hitting an incredible .386/.526/.750 with four homers, four doubles and 10 RBIs in 13 games.