Mike Trout homers in both games of a doubleheader as Angels sweep Mariners

SEATTLE — The beauty of having a couple MVPs hitting back-to-back is exactly the predicament that the Angels pushed onto Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais on Saturday afternoon.

Even though first base was open as Mike Trout came to the plate in the 10th inning, the Mariners chose not to walk him, and he delivered a two-run homer that lifted the Angels to a 4-2 victory in the first game of a split doubleheader.

Trout did it again to the Mariners in the nightcap, blasting a third-inning solo homer that started the scoring in their 3-0 victory.

It marked the first time the Angels had won consecutive games since a three-game winning streak from May 21-24.

Trout became the 12th player in Angels history to homer in both games of a doubleheader. Trout now has 20 homers this season, including four in this series against the Mariners. Trout has 51 career homers against Seattle, his most against any team.

“It’s incredible,” Angels reliever Jimmy Herget said. “Guys keep pitching to him, which is hilarious. He’s the best player on the planet. One of the best players on the planet. We’ve got another one in here too. It’s incredible to watch him play.”

Trout has done so much damage against the Mariners that it was something of a surprise to see Servais have right-hander Diego Castillo pitch to him, even with Shohei Ohtani on deck, with two outs and a runner at third in the 10th inning of the first game.

As Angels interim manager Phil Nevin pondered the decision that his counterpart faced, he said: “It’s really just pick your poison there.”

Servais said: “I get paid to make those decisions. I need to be right more than I’m wrong. Today, you’ve got to give [Trout] credit. He hit the ball out of the ballpark.”

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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