Mike Trout’s home run ends at seven games, one shy of record during Angels loss

Mike Trout fails to make MLB history as his hitting streak ends at seven games – a record short – during the Los Angeles Angels’ loss to the Cleveland Guardians, and the slugger admits it was taking a toll on his mind

  • Mike Trout hit an amazing seventh straight game on Monday night
  • It left him with a chance to tie the MLB record, last set in 1993, on Tuesday
  • But the slugger failed to hit an eighth as he saw his homer streak end
  • Los Angeles Angels lost 3-1 to AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians

Angels star Mike Trout’s hitting streak ended at seven, one short of the major league record, and the AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians beat Los Angeles 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Trout went 0 for 3 with three routine strikeouts and a walk. The three-time AL MVP was chasing the eight-game home run mark set by Pittsburgh’s Dale Long in 1956 and the Yankees’ Don Mattingly in 1987 and Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr. in 1993.

After the game, Trout admitted that the thought of chasing history had weighed on his mind.

Mike Trout’s home run ends at seven games, one shy of record during Angels loss

Angels star Mike Trout’s hitting streak ended at seven

After the game, Trout admitted that the thought of chasing had weighed on his mind

After the game, Trout admitted that the thought of chasing had weighed on his mind

“I’m not going to lie,” he said. “I’ve thought about it, sure. Everyone was texting me. You guys are asking me a lot of questions. It’s kind of hard not to.’

Trout said a home run was especially on his mind when he battled hard-hitting James Karinchak in the eighth that resulted in a 2-1 pitch to right.

“It’s the nature of things, I guess,” he said. “When I think about the home run, it’s not good as you saw. I chased a few pitches and was super stoked. Gotta start a new streak, I guess.’

Trout said a home run was especially on his mind when he got the win in the eighth inning

Trout said a home run was especially on his mind when he got the win in the eighth inning

Guardians coach Terry Francona wished Trout somewhat before the game.

“If I was a fan, I’d be glued to my seat hoping he’d hit eight,” Francona said. “Since I’m stuck in my seat there (in the dugout), I hope he doesn’t. But he is good for the game. He’s really great for the game.”

Oscar Gonzalez’s two-run homer in the sixth broke a 1-all tie and gave Cleveland its fifth straight win. José Ramirez led off the inning with a double and Gonzalez gave up an 0-2 pitch from José Suarez (6-7) over the railing over the wall in left field.

Gonzalez, one of several rookies who have been major contributors to Cleveland’s stellar season, has eight home runs. Rookie Kirk McCarty (3-2) held Los Angeles to one hit in 3 2/3 innings for Cleveland, which has won seven of eight.

Emmanuel Clase gave up a one-out single in the ninth, but he struck out Matt Duffy for his 35th save in 38 chances.

Cleveland Guardians coach Terry Francona (pictured) wished Trout well before the game

Cleveland Guardians coach Terry Francona (pictured) wished Trout well before the game

Trout faced rookie Cody Morris in his first two at-bats. He flied out to center in the first and drew a four-pitch walk in the third with a runner on second.

Trout struck out McCarty, another rookie, in the fifth and flied to center on a 3-2 pitch after the first three pitches were balls.

Trout was the first AL player with a seven-game home run since Toronto’s Kendrys Morales in 2018. Cincinnati’s Joey Votto hit seven last season from July 24-30.

Matt Thaiss hit a leadoff single off Morris. Luke Maile’s sacrifice fly tied the game in the fifth.

Matt Theis hit a leadoff homer in the second inning off rookie Cody Morris for the Angels

Matt Theis hit a leadoff homer in the second inning off rookie Cody Morris for the Angels

Angels third baseman Matt Duffy caught Myles Straw in the fifth, but couldn’t get the ball out of his glove after two tries and the game went to one hit.

Steven Kwan followed with a slow roller that stopped halfway down the third base line for another infield hit. Plate umpire John Tumpane, bending down to get a closer look, gave the fair signal as Thaiss, whose only hope was a foul ball, looked on.

Angels shortstop David Fletcher didn’t start for the third straight day because of a bruise on his right arm. Fletcher pinch hit for Andrew Velazquez and hit for a hit in the fifth. He also got one out in the seventh.

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