Trout struck out in his first three at-bats, all against left-hander
Though he reached on an infield single in the eighth inning for his 187thhit of the season, Trout has only nine hits in his last 49 at-bats, his average slipping from .338 on Sept. 9 to .325 Monday night.
“It’s that part of the year where he’s been grinding, playing hard, and you’ve got to keep going,” Manager
"At times, you're not going to be locked in, and he had a couple of tough at-bats tonight. But Mike is getting on base and doing many things for us. I know he wants to keep grinding and keep playing."
Trout, who has 55 walks in his last 52 games, closed in on another milestone Monday night, reaching base for the 300th time, just shy of Rickey Henderson's major-league record of 301 for a player in his age-21 season or younger.