ANAHEIM, Calif. – Mike Trout is beginning to believe there might be something to the notion of having added power after the birth of a child.
The reigning AL MVP has certainly been on a tear since son Beckham was born. Trout homered twice Monday night, including a tiebreaking shot in the eighth inning, as the Los Angeles Angels rallied from an early five-run deficit for a 10-9 victory that snapped the Oakland Athletics' nine-game winning streak.
“People ask me about this Dad power. I guess it is a thing,” Trout said. “There's nothing like being a Dad.”
With three hits in the series opener, Trout is 11 for 30 with six home runs and 11 RBIs in the past seven games. He rejoined the team in Seattle on Aug. 4 after his wife, Jessica, gave birth to Beckham on July 30.
“I am a little more relaxed. Leading up to it I was extremely worried about the coronavirus,” Trout said. “I didn't want to have it and come home. But we have been keeping it safe in the Trouthold and everyone in the organization has been doing a good job.”
Anthony Rendon and Shohei Ohtani also homered for the Angels.
Trout's solo drive off Yusmeiro Petit (1-1) in the eighth helped Los Angeles stop a three-game skid. It was the 20th multi-homer game of Trout's career, which tied Tim Salmon and Vladimir Guerrero for the franchise record.
“We had a rough weekend. We weren’t doing our jobs when we had our chances," Trout said. "But this is a new homestand and we got a huge win against an Oakland team that was coming in hot.”