It seemed like Mike Trout had already done everything in his two-plus seasons in the big leagues. But through the first 375 games of his major league career, he had yet to hit a walk-off home run. The young phenom changed that Thursday night.
The Los Angeles Angels entered the bottom of the ninth inning of last night’s game trailing the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2. Rays closer Grant Balfour opened the inning by walking Hank Conger and Luis Jimenez. Then he got ahead 0-2 on Collin Cowgill, before the diminutive right fielder slapped a single to right that scored Conger from second. That set the stage for the 22-year-old Trout.
Brad Boxberger relieved Balfour and on a 1-1 count, he threw Trout a breaking pitch on the inner half of the plate. Big mistake. Trout turned on the ball and sent it flying 433 feet into the left field bleachers. Game over, Angels win 6-5.
Video of the walk-off is below: