Mike Trout entered Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rangers tied with teammate Albert Pujols for the major league lead in home runs at 29. He exited with 31. His second home run was a grand slam that pushed the Angels’ lead to 8-2 in the sixth inning against reliever Spencer Patton.
As our own Drew Silva pointed out on Twitter, Trout is on pace for 51 home runs, which would more than exceed his current career-high of 36. Along with 31 dingers, he’s knocked in 64 runs, stolen 10 bases, and hit .313/.404/.631 in what could very well be another MVP Award-winning season.
Albert Pujols stole second base in the fifth inning of Sunday’s game against the Rangers, giving him 100 stolen bases for his career. That moves him into rarefied air, as the Angels’ communications department points out on Twitter: he joins Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays as the fourth player with at least 500 home runs, 100 stolen bases, and a .300 batting average in his career.
Pujols entered the afternoon tied with teammate Mike Trout for the major league lead in home runs at 29 apiece, but Trout went yard for number 30 in the first inning. The 35-year-old veteran is having a tremendous season, coming into the game batting batting .261/.324/.542 with 62 RBI.
Pujols will likely skip at least one more name on the all-time home run list before the season is over. He recently passed Mike Schmidt to move into 15th place all-time with 549. He trails Manny Ramirez’s 555 and Reggie Jackson’s 563, both attainable by the end of the season.
Twins slugger Miguel Sano suffered a sprained right ankle last Saturday in Oakland and hasn’t played since. Or, hadn’t played since. Sano is back in the Minnesota starting lineup on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium, batting cleanup and serving as the Twins’ designated hitter in the second game of an important three-game series versus Anaheim.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout also sat out of Tuesday night’s series opener and is also returning to action on Wednesday night.
Sano has batted .326/.434/.558 with two home runs and nine RBI over his first 13 major league games.
The 22-year-old top prospect was promoted from Double-A Chattanooga on July 2.