Angels’ Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo show All-Star skills in 10-6 win
TORONTO -- If Angels slugger Mark Trumbo is upset about having to play in the shadow of Mike Trout, he sure does a good job of disguising it.
Because five hours after being named to his first American League All-Star team and moments after hitting a two-run eighth-inning home run Sunday in a 10-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, Trumbo sat on a clubhouse sofa and talked not about himself but about his teammate and fellow All-Star.
“He’s got all five tools,” he said of Trout. “Without a doubt.”
You want speed? In the first inning Trout cued a ball just inside the right-field line and turned it into a double. He scored from second two batters later, helped by a bobble from right fielder Rajai Davis on Albert Pujols’ flyout.
“You saw the speed take over in the first inning,” Trumbo said. “It looked like it caught them a little off guard. You see that quite a bit. It’s always fun to watch.”
You want power? After the Blue Jays battled back from a three-run deficit to tie the score in the seventh, Trout opened the eighth with a home run, putting the Angels ahead to stay.
“That was a huge situation,” Trumbo said. “Totally shifted the momentum back in our favor.”
Then there’s the consistency. With two hits and three runs scored Sunday, Trout has had multiple hits or runs in six of his last 11 games.
But then the modest Trumbo is no slouch himself. His home run Sunday was his 20th of the season and with a .312 average and 55 runs batted in, he’s one of three players to rank among the league leaders in all three triple crown categories.
Which is sort of Trumbo’s point: Unlike in years past, this Angels team is more than one or two hitters deep.
“Our lineup is lethal,” he said. “Everybody contributes on any given day.
“The way we’re going right now ... we expect to go out there and have positive results. That’s where that confidence comes in. That’s where you start to rattle off a lot of wins in a row. Winning’s contagious.”
So apparently is hitting, because every Angel who came to the plate Sunday had a hit, scored a run or drove one in — including Peter Bourjos, who came on as a defensive replacement in the eighth and had a run-scoring single in the ninth.
With 13 hits, the team reached double digits for the seventh consecutive game, the first time it has done that since 2006. And coming a day after their most lopsided loss of the season, all that offense helped the Angels salvage a split of their four-game series with the Blue Jays, keeping alive a streak that has seen the team lose one series since mid-May.
It also gave Trout and Trumbo something to celebrate other than making the All-Star team.
“Just overjoyed,” Trumbo said of his selection."To think how far I’ve come throughout my career, the chance to be a major league All-Star, it’s pretty surreal.”
Added Trout: “It’s awesome getting picked. Getting chills thinking about it right. [But] you have to stay humble. That’s what my parents always taught me as a kid — not to get cocky, not to get a big head. That’s always been working for me, so I’m staying with that.”
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