Mike Trout continues his rise up
May, 5, 2012
By Blair Angulo | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Harry How/Getty ImagesMike Trout impressed with his glove and his bat for the Angels on Saturday night.
ANAHEIM -- About a minute before Mike Trout stepped up to the plate in a tie ballgame Saturday night, the Angel Stadium video board showed a blonde teenager holding up a homemade sign that read: Mike Trout, will you go to prom with me?
It drew a loud response from the crowd.
Trout drew a louder response two pitches later, belting the go-ahead home run to deep left-center field in the Angels' 6-2 win against the Toronto Blue Jays. The blast surely did nothing to discourage the blonde.
The 20-year-old rookie put all of his skills on display: He made a stellar diving catch in shallow center field and, later, turned what should have been a routine single to left into a double. It can be easy for young players -- especially the highly regarded -- to press when they reach the big leagues. They want to prove that all the talk is warranted and want to meet projections. Trout, though, intends to keep things simple.
"My job is to get on base and score runs," he said. "Once I try to get over myself, try to get big, that's when I get in trouble."
Trout raised his batting average 49 points to .231 Saturday and still not close to the scintillating .403 clip that he had in 20 games at Triple-A Salt Lake City. His home run was the first for an Angels top-of-the-order batter all season and his first since Aug. 30 of last year.
"It's coming," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's getting more comfortable up here, playing every day. He gave us a big lift tonight."
In the process, Trout probably made a few girls swoon.