Mike Trout hit his 17th home run of the season, one of five long balls and a franchise-record 28 hits on Saturday night, as the Los Angeles Angels posted a historic 25–1 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Los Angeles’ total run is a franchise record, and the margin of 24 runs is the largest margin of victory in Major League Baseball since the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles by 27 runs in 2007.
Brandon Drury drove in four runs and tied teammate Hunter Renfro’s RBI total in the win, which according to ESPN Stats & Information, is tied for the third-largest margin by any team in the live ball era, the period today. Till is back to 1920.
Angels manager Phil Nevin said, “We were aggressive, we hit pitches in the field, and the hitting gets contagious sometimes.” “To be honest, we got a few holes, and then the big hits added some runs.”
Colorado used four pitchers in the loss, and all of them allowed at least one run. Chase Anderson (0-2) started the game and allowed nine earned runs and 10 hits over 2 2/3 innings. Matt Carasetti followed Anderson and allowed six runs on four hits in one-third of an inning.
“Location,” Colorado manager Bud Black said in response to Anderson’s fumble in his debut. “He’ll be the first to tell you, there are a lot of balls from mid-thigh to belt. In his style of pitching, there should be balls on the knees and fastballs at the top of the field. He has the ball in and out. To go. And (tonight), there were a lot of balls in the middle.”
David Fletcher, Matt Thais and Mickey Moniak also scored for the Angels, who snapped a three-game losing streak with the right. Homers from Trout, Drury and Thais came off consecutive pitches in Los Angeles’ 13-run third inning.
Moniak said in his on-field interview after the game, “It was fun.” “We were batting well and that’s what we do as a team.”
Every Angels starter had at least one hit, one RBI and one run, but surprisingly absent was Shohei Ohtani, who had just one RBI single in seven at-bats.
Griffin Canning (6-2) allowed four hits in six scoreless innings while striking out seven en route to the win. He has won his last four decisions, but only in this decision he received historic levels of run support.
“Today was one of those days where everybody felt good and we were getting the right pitches to hit,” Moniak said. “And we were able to take advantage of that.”
At his postgame media availability, Nevin confirmed that the Angels had acquired veteran corner infielder Mike Mostakas from the Rockies in a rare midseries trade.
Colorado got minor league right-hander Connor Van Skoyk, who was 4-3 with a 2.76 ERA in 11 games in the Class A Tri-City this season.
Moustakas hit .270 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 47 games with the Rockies after joining spring training.
“We’ll mix and match and work it out,” said Nevin, whose team has lost infielders Anthony Rendon, Gio Urschella and Zack Neto to injuries over the past two weeks. “This week, the lineup doesn’t have the depth that we had all season. We feel like we have that depth now.”
Moustakas has been on five playoff teams and was the starting third baseman for Kansas City when the Royals won the 2015 World Series.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.