Angels' Trout nearly soars to new heights
The Sports Xchange
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Angels - INSIDE PITCH
Mike Trout is climbing walls.
In the past week, the speedy center fielder got back fast enough on a couple of deep fly balls to climb the 8-foot wall at Angel Stadium and prop himself up in an effort to steal a home run away from an opposing hitter.
Both times -- on balls hit by the Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo and by the Minnesota Twins' Josh Willingham -- Trout came up a few inches short.
"My left foot didn't stick (on the wall) the way I wanted it. I think I should have caught it," Trout said of the bid he made on Willingham's homer. "I'm just having fun out there."
It seems only a matter of time before he gets one for the highlight reel.
"Mike's athletic," manager Mike Scioscia said when asked if he were worried about Trout hurting himself making such an attempt. "When he plays aggressively, his athleticism protects him."
Trout went 1-for-3 with a walk Wednesday in the Angels' 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Angels - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won five
NEXT: Twins (RHP Ricky Nolasco, 4-5, 5.52 ERA) at Angels (RHP Jered Weaver, 7-6, 3.47 ERA)
--3B David Freese did not play Wednesday against the Twins, still sore after being hit by a pitch on the left arm in the eighth inning Tuesday. He is day-to-day.
--2B Howie Kendrick singled in the third inning Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He is hitting .300 (12-for-40) during the streak, raising his season average to .276.
--CF Mike Trout has hit at least 15 homers and stolen at least 10 bases before the All-Star break for the second season in a row. The only other Angel to do so was current hitting coach Don Baylor (1978, '79).
--RHP Garrett Richards gave up two runs and four hits in 7 1/3 innings to get the win over the Twins on Wednesday. Richards (8-2) improved to 4-0 with a 1.05 ERA in his five starts in June. "He misfires just enough to keep you off balance up there and not let you dig in," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You got a nice-looking young pitcher there, a big kid with a good angle and definitely an arm. Mid-90s to above, nasty breaking ball. Yeah, he's pretty good."