“Four-twenty?” Scioscia said after the Angels’ 12-1 victory over the
"Four-twenty-one?" the pitcher said. "What is that, yards? Meters?"
Later Monday night,
That seemed about right.
"That's one of the longest I've seen this year," A's Manager Bob Melvin said. "He hit that one a long way."
Balls don’t usually travel that far during night games in Oakland, but several factors aligned to produce another prodigious blast for Trout, whose two-run shot came off A’s left-hander
"I really didn't feel it off the bat," said Trout, who snapped an 0-for-12 skid with an RBI double in the fifth inning. "It's one of those ones where I'm looking for one pitch, got it, put a good swing on it, squared it up and hit it over the fence."
In snapping the
Their best stretch of the season won't propel the Angels (73-77) to the playoffs, but playing for pride has been a powerful motivator, and the Angels are finding meaning in beating playoff contenders.
"Every win is big for us now," Trout said. "We're still fighting. Mathematically, we're still in it. We're not backing down. A lot of the teams we're playing these last two weeks are still in it. We're going to keep fighting and playing hard every night."
The Angels have two more games in Oakland, and they close the season next week with three games against the A's in Anaheim and four games at Texas, which is fighting for a wild-card berth.
"We're just trying to throw a wrench in the works and keep everybody their toes," Wilson said. "It's good television, I guess, when the season comes down to the last weekend."