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Mike Trout homers twice, Shohei Ohtani pitches Angels past Mariners

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Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels reaches for a cowboy hat in a dugout after he hit a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a baseball game on Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Seattle.  Homer was Trout's second for the night.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Mike Trout of the Angels reaches for a cowboy hat in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning Thursday in Seattle. Homer was Trout’s second for the night. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

Mike Trout doesn’t know—or perhaps doesn’t want to share—the reason why he performed so well in Seattle throughout his career.

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“I don’t know. We play a lot here. I can see the ball well,” Trout said. “I can’t tell you one specific thing. They have a good background.”

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At this point, perhaps Seattle should consider changing the background every time Trout comes to town.

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Trout went on to plague Seattle with his 48th and 49th career home runs against his division enemy. Shohei Otani threw six innings with three hits and Angels beat the Mariners 4-1 on Thursday night.

Trout has enjoyed pitching in Seattle throughout his career, and this season appears to be no exception. In the first game of the season between the teams, Trout hit a pair of two-run homers that fueled the entire Angels offense.

The Angels won on the road for the first time since May 15, snapping an 11-game losing streak.

Trout’s first homer pulled away from Seattle starter George Kirby in the third inning. His second came in seventh against pitcher Sergio Romo. Both times Seattle had two outs in the inning, but each time Taylor Ward singled out to draw Trout to the plate.

Seattle manager Scott Servais said that Kirby missed his fastball spot with Trout.

“It happens from time to time. Sometimes they pop up. Unfortunately, Trout does not appear often at this stadium,” said Servais.

Trout has 18 homers in a season and 30 in a career in Seattle, more than any other visiting player at T-Mobile Park. 49 career homers against the Mariners is second all-time, behind only Rafael Palmeiro, who had 52 against Seattle.

“I didn’t know about this number. I knew he was good at swinging the bat,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. “He’s pretty good.”

Shohei Otani of the Angels throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners.
Shohei Otani of the Angels throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning Thursday in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

It was also his 24th career multi-player game, seven against Seattle.

The night after Tyler Anderson broke Tyler Anderson’s no-hit bid by hitting a triple in the ninth inning, Otani was the one to turn off the batters. Otani allowed a pair of singles to Eugenio Suarez and a base hit to Adam Frazier, but otherwise thwarted Seattle’s sharp offense.

Otani (5-4) struck out six and won his second straight decision. Otani would probably have gone one more half under normal circumstances, but the Angels didn’t get to their hotel in Seattle until around 4 a.m. Thursday.

“I knew my filing score was there. If I had 7-15 pitches less, I would definitely want to come back,” Otani said through a translator.

Raizel Igelsias was the last of the three pitchers, pitching the ninth on his 13th save.

Seattle recorded a streak of 17 scoreless innings on J.P. Crawford’s RBI double in the eighth, but still scored three or fewer runs for the sixth time in nine games.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.


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