Thomas Walkup is an eight-year old boy from Mike Trout’s hometown in Millville, New Jersey. He was legally blind due to a condition called “shaky eye syndrome,” but recently underwent major surgery in California and has begun to see more clearly. His trip to California was paid for thanks to a fundraising effort by the community. Trout’s mother, Debbie Trout, heard about Walkup’s story and had her son and the Angels reach out.
Walkup had a chance to meet his favorite player after his surgery in California. You can watch it below in a segment from “MLB Tonight” on MLB Network:
Great story. Well done by the Trouts and the Angels. Our best wishes to Walkup, who is one tough kid.
Angels catcher Chris Iannetta played spoiler against Justin Verlander with this rope that landed on the left field line in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday night at Detroit’s Comerica Park …
Verlander still managed to go the distance against a good Angels offense for his first shutout since 2012.
It is August 26, 2015 and Justin Verlander has a no-hitter going against the Mike Trout-led Angels.
Verlander has issued just one walk and whiffed eight through seven innings of no-hit ball at Detroit’s Comerica Park. He’ll head into the eighth, just six outs away from a no-no, with a pitch count of 85.
Verlander struck out Kole Calhoun, Trout, and Albert Pujols in order in the top of the seventh.
This really might happen.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m. ET: Verlander opened the top of the eighth with six straight balls, but he eventually got Erick Aybar to ground to second base for an easy double play. C.J. Cron grounded back to Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler for the third out.
Verlander is three outs away with a pitch count of 100.
UPDATE, 9:55 p.m. ET: That’ll do it. Chris Iannetta roped a ball down the left field line — it actually kicked some white-painted grass into the air — to lead off the top of the ninth inning.