Trout hit an 88 miles per hour fastball from Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara over the fence in center field for his 27th homer of the season.
“I needed to be ready in that situation”, Uehara (2-4) said through a translator. The hit is being called an All-Star Game cycle, because Trout has singled, doubled, tripled and now homered in the first at-bat of each of four All-Star games.
“It’s been crazy for sure”, he said.
“As a player, it’s definitely a humbling statement”, Trout said. “It’s been fun, though”. “All the preparation we do, all the stuff we work on in batting practice, we try to take it into the game and it’s been working for me”.
“Just trying to keep my approach and control my emotions and not hit a home run“.
Miley retired his first 16 batters before walking Chris Iannetta with one out in the sixth. But on Miley’s first pitch in the seventh, Kole Calhoun laced a fastball off the fence in center field for a leadoff double.
Alex Rodriguez returned from the All-Star break with a boom, hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning as the New York Yankees overcame two homers by Kyle Seager to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Friday night.
“Wade was outstanding”, Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
“The inability to bunch the hits together”, Farrell said. He threw a lot of strikes. Xander Bogaerts made a backhanded play and threw across his body to get Aybar by a step and preserve the shutout.
The win was the Twins’ 50th of the season, making them the second team in the American League and fifth in the majors to hit the milestone. Wilson looked Head and Shoulders™ above most other big leaguers taking the mound tonight, as he wound up going eight innings, giving up 5 hits and zero runs.
Otherwise, Boston’s offense consisted of little more than a few hard hit balls and a handful of walks against a dominant C.J.
Mike Trout and the rest of the Angels now lead the A.L. West by half a game over the Houston Astros.
Arodys Vizcaino (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth, and Jim Johnson earned his sixth save with three straight outs in the ninth.
Boston (42-47) will welcome back Pedroia from a right hamstring strain that has kept him out since June 24.
Red Sox: RHP Clay Buchholz, seeking a second opinion on the strained flexor muscle in his forearm that has sidelined him since July 11, is planning on seeing Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida on Wednesday. Angels RHP Huston Street, out since July 8 with a strained right groin, threw a bullpen session Friday and expects to be available for Saturday’s game.
Unfortunately for the Red Sox, all the positives they can take from this one are individual achievements/performances, such as Bogaerts’ great play, Miley’s dominant start and some quality at-bats from Ortiz.
Getting the ball for the Red Sox tonight will be Wade Miley, who is 8-8 with a 4.80 ERA in 18 starts this year, while on the road he is 4-5 with a 4.91 ERA in 10 starts.