It was a wild night in Anaheim on Tuesday night, as the Los Angeles Angels capped off a huge 12-0 blowout of the Seattle Mariners. The big factor of the night was Mike Trout, who hit for the cycle and pretty much provided the highlight reel for the evening.
The Angels just could do no wrong in front of over 34,000 in attendance on Tuesday. They had the bats working, the fielding was spotless, and they received a brilliant performance from starter Jerome Williams in the process. His eight superb innings was more than enough to get the job done.
But the start of the night was Trout, becoming only the sixth player in Angels history to hit for the elusive cycle. And he saved the biggest hit of the night for the very end, fitting of the night he put together. The rest of the lineup just set the table for the 20-year old.
To open the scoring barrage, Albert Pujols reached on an RBI single in the bottom of the first. Two batters later, Josh Hamilton went deep for a two-run shot to put the Angels up 3-0 early.
Trout struck out in his first plate appearance, making it the only blemish on his night. He singled in the third, but wasn’t able to do much with it. The in the fourth, Trout drove in two runs on an RBI triple. It was part of a four-run inning that was started with a Howie Kendrick home run, and sparked an early night for Mariners starter Aaaron Harang.
In the sixth, he struck again in the form of an RBI double. Chris Iannetta scored, and then Trout crossed the plate moments later on a base hit from Pujols. Then in the bottom of the eighth, he capped off the historic night with a solo home run. It was the icing on the cake for a 4-for-5 night, as he drove in nearly half of the runs for the Angels. As a team, they send 12 men to the plate on 15 hits.
The Angels just had everything working. Their starter Williams tossed eight scoreless innings, allowing only six hits and striking out six as well. They kept the Mariners off the board at every possible opportunity. As matter of fact, Kendrys Morales had the only extra-base hit of the night for Seattle.
Both teams are back at it on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Seattle will send 22-year old rookie Brandon Maurer (2-5, 5.75 ERA) to the mound to face left-hander CJ Wilson (3-3, 3.72 ERA). Maurer received a no-decision his last time out, giving up three runs on six hits in Cleveland. Wilson looks to get back on track after losing his last two starts to the White Sox and has lost his last three outings. First pitch is set for 7:05 P.M. Eastern, and will be broadcast regionally on Fox Sports West.
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