OAKLAND -- Mike Trout isn't one to let slumps linger. He turns the page quickly, adjusts frequently and hardly ever lets a bad night roll into the next one. Since his first full season in 2012, the Angels' superstar center fielder has gone hitless in four or more at-bats 69 times. In the following games, he's a combined .333 hitter with 15 homers, 48 RBIs and 27 walks.
Twenty-four hours after an 0-for-4, three-strikeout game, Trout dominated the second of a three-game series from the Coliseum, crushing a solo homer off A's starter Jesse Hahn in the third and lacing a two-run double deep into the left-field corner off A's reliever Evan Scribner in the seventh.
"You can't hang your head on one game," Trout said after leading the Angels to a 6-3 win. "You have to stay positive. It's a long season. It felt good to get us a couple hits and help the team win tonight."
The Angels' offense has been sluggish early on, heading into Wednesday with the 22nd-ranked OPS in the Majors. But those struggles exclude Trout. His slash line is .315/.427/.575. He's stolen five bases in his first 21 games, a number he didn't reach until his 39th game last year. And he has a team-leading five home runs, putting him on pace for a career-high 39.
Trout's approach after Tuesday's game, just his fifth hitless one all season?
"Just turn the page," he said. "Try not to think about it too much. You don't want to think about it once you go to sleep. It's over, and you have a new day and have five more at-bats."
In his first one Wednesday, he worked a walk on a two-strike count. His second time up, he got a 90-mph fastball right down the middle and blasted it well over the scoreboard in left-center field, a shot that traveled 454 feet to tie Trout with Giancarlo Stanton for the seventh-longest home run this season. After a caught-looking strikeout in his third at-bat, Trout came up with the bases loaded and one out, got a changeup over the heart of the plate and lined it to the left-field wall to extend the Angels' lead from one to three.
Trout watched some video pregame and felt he was missing some pitches he could hit the previous night.
"I felt good tonight," said Trout, who has gone hitless in four or more at-bats in back-to-back games just seven times in his career.
"Mike makes adjustments from one at-bat to the other," Angels manager Mike Scioscia added. "He'll have a rough at-bat, where a guy makes some pitches, and he'll come back and have a great at-bat later in the game or whatever it might be. For him to bounce back, that's not surprising. He's just a special player."