Trout Survives Ninth Inning Scare

(Marc Narducci/Staff)

DENVER -- Mike Trout put on yet another show in the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday at Coors Field, but the former Inquirer South Jersey Player of the Year from Millville also had a late-game scare.

In the ninth inning Trout was hit by an Esmil Rogers pitch in the thumb. Trout did a good job getting out of the way of the ball, which appeared headed toward his face.

"It wasn’t bad, just scared me when it happened,” Trout said. “I thought it was going to hit me in the face.”

Trout said he didn’t even need to put ice on his thumb.

“It just skimmed it and I am fine,” he said.

As for his performance on the field, Trout went 3 for 4 with two stolen bases and three runs scored.

It was the type of table-setting performance he has been doing since being called up from the minors and appearing in his first game April 28.

The Angles were 6-14 at the time and have gone 24-15 since.

Trout, who turns 21 on Aug. 7, is batting .340 with five home runs and 22 RBIs and an impressive .994 OPS.

This was certainly the type of game that Trout wants to produce.

“Just get on base, steal some bags and score runs,” he said. “That is what I want to do.”