Trout's first big postseason moment a footnote in series loss

All-Star homers in first, but Angels give up lead in bottom of inning

Trout's first big postseason moment a footnote in series loss

KANSAS CITY -- Mike Trout's signature postseason moment was short-lived.

It came in the first inning of Game 3 on Sunday, when the superstar center fielder took James Shields deep to left-center field for a solo home run, giving the Angels their first and final lead of this American League Division Series. The next half-inning, the Royals scored three runs, kept adding on and eventually eliminated the Angels with an 8-3 win.

  Date Time Matchup/Result Network
Gm 1 Oct. 2   KC 3, LAA 2 video
Gm 2 Oct. 3   KC 4, LAA 1 video
Gm 3 Oct. 5   KC 8, LAA 3 video

Now Trout will go back home to South New Jersey and hunt deer, far earlier than he expected to.

"It [stinks]," said Trout, the youngest player in franchise history to hit a postseason home run. "Not what we planned. Great group of guys. We fought to the end, but we fell short."

Trout's home run was his only hit in the ALDS, a series that saw the Angels' entire high-powered offense struggle. The 23-year-old went 0-for-4 with a walk and three shallow flyouts in Game 1, 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout in Game 2 and 1-for-4 with a walk in Game 3, coincidentally recording the final out with a punchout in each of the Angels' last two games.

He'll probably win the American League's Most Valuable Player Award after a regular season in which he batted .287 with 36 homers and 111 RBIs, and he'll have some postseason experience to build on. Trout's biggest takeaway from his first playoff experience was "controlling your emotions," something he often reminded himself about but couldn't always execute.

"Sometimes you hear the crowd going, you want to do so much, and you get out of your approach sometimes," Trout said. "You try to do a little too much, and that's when you get in trouble. It's something you have to work on."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.