Mike Trout hits two homers, the Angels pull to within one and a half games of Houston

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Mike Trout and the Angels are hot.

Trout hit two solo homer in the Angels-Rockies game last night and finished 2-for-3 with a walk in the Angels 3-2 win. He now has three homers over seven at-bats in the first two games of the Colorado series. On the season he’s hitting .305/.400/.604 and is on pace for 46 homers, 96 RBI, 123 runs and 17 steals.

All of that is helping fuel the Angels’ surge. They’ve won five in a row since replacing Jerry Dipoto with Bill Stoneman in the GM chair. That’s a coincidence, of course, as GMs don’t bat and Stoneman hasn’t made any moves, but it’s certainly been an interesting week for the Angels.

As of now, they’re only 1.5 behind the Astros in the AL West. They have a 2.5 game lead in the Wild Card.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.