"I about pulled an oblique doing a fist pump," said Street, who escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam to record his ninth save. "That's why he's the most valuable player. He could have been the MVP every year he's been in the game. He's just one of those special talents, a clutch player."
Trout's acrobatic catch of
"What people don't realize in this park is where that sun is during a day game," said Angels left fielder
"For him to go back on that ball, which was slicing off the bat of a left-hander and in the sun, to make that kind of play with the bases loaded? Unbelievable. I mean, that's what he does. He wows us. And he makes it look so easy, man. It's not."
It was Trout's second difference-making play of an inning that started with first baseman C.J. Cron misplaying
Brett Lawrie and Mark Canha hit run-scoring singles to pull the A's to within 6-4. Both advanced on a wild pitch, and
Sam Fuld dunked an RBI single in front of Trout to make it 6-5, but Canha had to hold to make sure the ball would drop and advanced only to third. Trout fielded the hit cleanly and made a quick throw to the infield to keep the bases loaded.
"That play won't be talked about, but it's probably equally as big," Street said. "He fields that ball perfectly, gets it in quick and they don't score from second. It speaks to his intelligence as a player, because a lot of guys come in and try to make a diving catch."
A younger, 20-year-old Trout might have dived. A more mature, 23-year-old Trout did not.
"I was in between," Trout said. "I knew if I dive and make the catch, that's one thing, but if I dive and let the ball get by me, it might have lost the game. So I had to keep it in front of me and get the ball in as quick as I can."
Marcus Semien popped to second for the second out, with
Davis followed with a drive to straight-away center and deep. Trout got a good jump, raced back, leaped at the warning track, reached back and caught the ball behind his head, landing on one foot before smacking into the wall.
Instead of a devastating walk-off loss, the Angels held on for a dramatic win, making six runs, 12 hits and Garrett Richards' six-inning, one-run, four-hit effort hold up.
"That's a game you can't give back," Street said. "You're up, 6-0, in the seventh, your hitters have delivered early, G-Rich pitched a great game … so when that ball goes into Trout's glove, it was very much excitement and a huge sigh of relief."