Trout showcased his diverse talents while achieving the milestone. He beat out an infield single to the right side in the third, drilled a triple to center in the fourth, roped a 3-run double down the left field line in the sixth, and he homered to center in the eighth on a low pitch to complete the cycle.
Trout’s grounder in the third would have been an out for most batters, but he was able to get a hit on it because of his elite speed. He also stretched what would have been a double for most people into a triple. And he showed his elite hitting ability by pulling an outside fastball down the line for a double, and by driving a pitch low in the zone out to deep center. Strength, speed, power, contact — Trout has all the tools.
Trout, 21, is the youngest player in the AL to hit for the cycle. He went 4-for-5 with 5 RBIs. The last Angels player to hit for the cycle was Chone Figgins in 2006. I’m guessing Trout will be able to stick around in the bigs a wee bit longer than Figgy did.
The other good signs for the Angels were that Erick Aybar hit two doubles and Josh Hamilton hit a home run. Hamilton now has at least one hit in seven of the team’s last eight games, which is a pretty big deal considering he hit .204 in April.