VIDEO: Mike Trout delivers walk-off homer vs. Astros

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Mike Trout powered the Angels to a 7-6 comeback victory over the Astros last night with a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Check out his heroics below:

That pitch was what, maybe a foot above the ground? Just look at where the catcher was set up. But Trout is one of the best low-ball hitters in the game for a reason. Perhaps it’s time word gets out about that.

This was the second walk-off homer of Trout’s career. Both have been this season. He’s now up to 20 home runs and 63 RBI on the year to go along with a fantastic .313/.406/.616 batting line. His 1.022 OPS leads the American League. Hey, remember when he was “struggling” earlier this season? Yeah, me neither.

Kendrys Morales pitched a scoreless inning Sunday

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Nothing went right for the Blue Jays this weekend. The club was swept in a four-game series against the Athletics, including a 9-2 loss on Sunday. Not wanting to burn out his bullpen in a lopsided game — and perhaps thinking about the general entertainment value involved — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to send designated hitter Kendrys Morales out to pitch the ninth inning. And in typical baseball fashion, he saw better results than some of the dudes who do this all the time.

Morales, who actually pitched in Cuba nearly 20 years ago, worked around a walk for a scoreless inning. He induced three fly outs and topped out at 87.4 mph on his fastball, per Brooks Baseball. He received a standing ovation on the way back to the dugout. Morales hasn’t been hearing that sort of thing for his contributions with the bat recently.

Morales, 34, is batting just .163/.248/.279 with three home runs through 32 games this season. There’s been some understandable clamoring for top prospect Vladmir Guerrero, Jr. to cut into his at-bats. For his part, Morales has been doing everything he can to break out of his slumber at the plate, including ditching the glasses he started wearing during spring training. Hey, whatever works. Morales also had two of Toronto’s four hits on Sunday.

On the heels of Morales’ first MLB appearance on the mound, it feels rather appropriate that the Blue Jays will get their first look at Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani — at least as a hitter — beginning on Tuesday.