Mike Trout Friday had some early Christmas gifts for Angels fans.
Not only did he hit his 53rd career home run against the Seattle Mariners, who ran 422 feet over the center field hedges at Angel Stadium, he also got additional No. 99 and 100 base hits against the Angels’ rivals from American League West. .
Trout’s solo home run in the fourth inning and an RBI triple in the sixth inning further cemented his status as the Mariners’ archenemy and one of the best hitters in baseball history.
“It’s just Trout. You know how good he is.” interim manager Phil Nevin said.
He holds career records for most home runs, most off-base hits, and tied—with George Brett—for most triples against the Mariners. Rafael Palmeiro he previously held two of those records with 52 homers and 98 off-base hits.
“Today is the best I’ve felt in a week,” Trout said.
The hits were enough to make Mariners manager Scott Serve doubt his reliever, Andres Munoz, who faced Trout in the eighth inning. Muñoz gave Trout his 112th career intentional walk, setting Vladimir Guerrero Sr.’s record for most intentional walks in Angels history.
Shohei Otani tried to capitalize on the momentum of both Trout’s big hits. After looking at Homer Trout, Otani headed towards right field but got stuck. He landed on sixth but drove into Trout from third base at the fielder’s choice to make it 4–3.
In the seventh, the Angels tried to continue their offensive. Matt Duffy and Luis Rengifo put runners in first and second with one loss. Nevin called out David McKinnon, who received his first hit in the big leagues and drove two runs on Wednesday to hit Tyler Wade. But McKinnon started a double game.
Angels call Monte Harrison to reinforce his bench
The Angels have made small changes to who is available to them from the bench.
On Friday, the team called out outfielder Monte Harrison, who signed a free agency minor league deal with the Angels on April 4. Accordingly, the Angels nominated Juan Lagares for the appointment.
Nevin said Harrison would play the same role as Lagares, who received representatives in the outfield and came off the bench in the 20 games he played for the major league club.
Harrison hit .213 this year with the Salt Lake Bees, with a .305% baseline.
“Always admired the way he plays on the field,” Nevin said of Harrison ahead of Friday’s streak-opening game with the Mariners. “This guy brings a lot of electricity, plays with a little flair, a little edge, which I like.
“He’s an interesting player, he was a promising player many years ago,” Nevin continued. “He definitely has a lot of time under his belt. … So we look forward to seeing what he can do.”
Those big promising years that Nevin talked about include Harrison’s ascension to second place with the Miami Marlins in 2019 and an invitation to play in the Futures Game this season. He was unable to compete due to an injury to his right wrist.
Harrison last played in the majors in 2021 with the Marlins and was called out twice from their alternate training ground. He played nine games that season, mostly coming off the bench.
He received his first major call-up during the COVID-shortened 2020 season after 18 Marlins players tested positive for the virus. Harrison was also part of that disparate group of Marlins that propelled the team to first place in the postseason in 17 years.
“That was a long time ago,” Harrison said of being called on Friday. “It was definitely a blessing. Lots of hard work, lots of staying downstairs and just being yourself. Difficult situation. But in the end, I’m happy to be where I am.
“I think it’s going to be regular baseball and I just come in here and do what I do and help this team win, hopefully at the end of the day.”
Harrison of Lees Summit, Missouri was selected 50th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.