Close, but no cigar.
Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 0-for-3 Tuesday in a 3-1 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.
Trout had been bidding to become the fourth player in MLB history to hit a home run in eight consecutive games. But the Millville, N.J. will have to settle for seven.
Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Dale Long set the record by hitting home runs in eight straight games in 1956. Former New York Yankees captain Don Mattingly tied the mark in 1987. Seattle Mariners Hall-of-Fame center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. matched the mark in 1993.
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Trout admitted the streak had been on his mind.
“I’m not going to lie,” he said. “I’ve been thinking about it, for sure. Everybody’s been texting me. You guys are asking me a bunch of questions. It’s kind of hard not to.”
Trout said a home run was especially in his thoughts when he batted against hard-throwing James Karinchak in the eighth that resulted in a fly to right on a 2-1 pitch.
“It’s the nature of things, I guess,” he said. “When I think home run, not good as you saw. I chased some pitches and was amped up too much. Got to start a new streak, I guess.”
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Trout was the first AL player with a seven-game home run streak since Kendrys Morales of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2018.
Cincinnati Reds slugger Joey Votto homered in seven straight last season from July 24-30.
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(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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