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Gimme five! Angels’ Mark Trumbo goes 5 for 5 with five runs scored

David Brown
Big League Stew

Until Tuesday night, nobody in the six-decade history of the Los Angeles Angels had ever gotten five hits and scored five runs in the same game. Not Rod Carew, not Brian Downing, not Wally Joyner, not Tim Salmon. The best bet going forward would have been the Millville Meteor, Mike Trout. But slugger Mark Trumbo beat him to it.

Trumbo went 5 for 5, including four extra-base hits, and scored five runs in a 12-6 pasting of the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Trumbo enjoyed a synergy with teammate Josh Hamilton, hitting back-to-back home runs with him in the fifth inning. Trumbo also doubled and scored in the first, third and sixth, and singled and scored in the eighth. That's 11 total bases — better than a cycle (single, double, triple, homer) by one base.

Via the Associated Press:

''It was unbelievable, man,'' said Hamilton, who saw all five of Trumbo's hits from the on-deck circle. ''Every time he went up there, you expected something good to happen.''

It's likely a funny coincidence, but Trumbo just recently addressed concerns over his on-base percentage. Even with his big 5 for 5 night, it's still just .299 in 606 plate appearances. Other numbers of his, including Trumbo's 32 homers and 114 adjusted OPS — boosted by his robust .471 slugging percentage — are much more attractive. At age 27, what Trumbo has been producing is about what we should expect, and that's not bad. And you can't fault him for getting on base five times in five trips.

Trout is so good that he might go 6 for 6 with six runs scored someday, no matter how evil it might sound to some. But until he does, Trumbo is the gold standard for the Angels as far as getting on and getting in.

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