Watch: Mike Trout makes great slide to avoid tag on stolen base
Mike Trout checked nearly every category in the boxscore during Monday’s Los Angeles Angels-Cincinnati Reds game. His stolen base in the first inning might have been his most impressive moment.
Trout walked in the top of the first inning and then attempted to steal second with Justin Upton at the plate and two outs. Though Tucker Barnhart’s throw down to second appeared to beat Trout, the crafty Angels outfielder used a nifty swim move to avoid the tag and slide in safely:
This Trout knows how to swim upstream. pic.twitter.com/Pr7LqU9j5x
— MLB (@MLB) August 5, 2019
On top of the slick stolen base, Trout also blasted a 442-foot home run in the sixth inning. He was trying to make up for a rare error he committed in the field earlier in the game.
The homer was Trout’s 37th, which leads the American League. As for the slide, he’s been perfecting the move for years.