It’s a mixed bag for Trout

On his birthday, he mourns Bay­lor, col­lects 1,000th hit, is up­staged by Machado.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Cur­tis Zupke

His 26th birthday started out messy, but it wasn’t his fault.

Be­fore Monday’s game, Mike Trout’s team­mates took him into their club­house shower and doused him with raw eggs, baby pow­der and cof­fee creamer, among other things, in an An­gels tra­di­tion. The video was posted to Trout’s Twit­ter ac­count, his head buried in his lap to avoid the on­slaught.

Trout then blew out the can­dles in his own im­pres­sive way.

He dou­bled in the fourth in­ning for his 1,000th hit, then home­red in the sixth in­ning of a 6-2 loss to the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles at An­gel Sta­dium.

“I felt pretty good,” Trout said. “I just wanted to get it over with.”

Trout neatly con­nected two mile­stones and eras of the An­gels, who rec­og­nized the pass­ing of Don Bay­lor in a pregame mo­ment of si­lence.

Trout is the 10th Amer­i­can League player with 1,000 hits prior to his age-26 sea­son. He hit a home run on his birthday for the fourth time in his six-year ca­reer.

Trout shrugged off that un­usual statis­tic and also al­lowed him­self to ap­pre­ci­ate his place in his­tory.

“You ob­vi­ously want to hear your name with the greats, the Hall of Famers,” he said. “When you do some­thing, it makes you feel good. It makes you feel spe­cial. Just to be a part of such a good com­pany. But for me, it’s just about go­ing out there and play­ing.”

Both of Trout’s hits were against Bal­ti­more starter Dy­lan Bundy, who had a ca­reer-high 10 strike­outs. Trout’s 23rd home run, his sec­ond in as many games, was a tow­er­ing shot off the left field foul pole to tie the score at 2-2.

He scored on Kole Cal­houn’s sac­ri­fice fly in the fourth be­fore Bal­ti­more scored two runs in the fifth to end JC Ramirez’s 12-in­ning score­less streak.

Ramirez was struck by the bro­ken bat of Trey Mancini in the fourth in­ning but stayed in the game and avoided dam­age un­til Manny Machado’s grand slam in the sev­enth gave the Ori­oles a 6-2 lead.

“It is frus­trat­ing,” Ramirez said. “I tried to pitch [as best] as I can … They’re a good team. I know can’t miss a pitch.”

Bay­lor re­ac­tion

The re­ac­tions car­ried com­mon themes in the An­gels’ club­house af­ter the death of Bay­lor: Class per­son. Full of in­tegrity. Some­one who im­pacted their lives pro­foundly.

Bay­lor might first be known for his play­ing ca­reer, specif­i­cally as the 1979 Amer­i­can League MVP for the An­gels, but those who knew him re­mem­ber his offfield per­son­al­ity the most.

“He was an in­cred­i­ble hu­man be­ing,” An­gels man­ager Mike Scios­cia said. “The pas­sion that he had for life, the pas­sion he had to help peo­ple, his faith — ev­ery­thing you strive to be as a hu­man be­ing. He was off the charts.”

Bay­lor died af­ter a lengthy bout with mul­ti­ple myeloma, the fam­ily an­nounced Monday. He was 68. Bay­lor fol­lowed a 19-year play­ing ca­reer with a lengthy coach­ing and man­age­rial ca­reer and helped hit­ters work through strug­gles with his af­fa­ble pres­ence.

“I was very sad,” Trout said. “It just sucks. You never want to wake up and hear that news. He was a great guy. I learned a lot from him. It’s just sad.”

Trout added that “he brought a lot of joy to the club­house.”

Trout and Al­bert Pu­jols worked un­der Bay­lor when Bay­lor was the An­gels’ hit­ting coach in 2014-15. Pu­jols stayed in touch and re­mem­bered Bay­lor send­ing him en­cour­ag­ing mes­sages.

“Great hu­man be­ing,” Pu­jols said.

Short hops

The re­sults of an MRI exam on Yunel Es­co­bar were not known. Es­co­bar left Sun­day’s game be­cause of an in­ter­costal strain … Cameron May­bin was ac­ti­vated and Shane Robinson des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment. Jose Alvarez was re­called and Ed­uardo Pare­des op­tioned to triple-A. Ra­mon Flores cleared waivers and has been out­righted to triple-A.

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Jae C. Hong As­so­ci­ated Press

HONORING FORMER AN­GELS SLUG­GER and hit­ting coach Don Bay­lor, who died ear­lier in the day, An­gels play­ers ob­serve a mo­ment of si­lence prior to Monday night’s loss to the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles.

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