Trout falls homer short of cycle in rout

Angels' top prospect gets on base five times, scores three runs

By David Heck / Special to | April 24, 2012 10:11 PM ET

So much for Mike Trout's injury scare.'s No. 3 prospect went 3-for-4 with two walks, three runs scored and two RBIs on Tuesday, helping the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees to a 16-6 rout of the Tucson Padres.

Trout, who was pulled from a game on Sunday after being hit by a pitch, sat on Monday before getting back in the lineup Tuesday. He showed no ill effects from being hit, as he raised his batting average to .419 and finished a homer away from the cycle.

The 20-year-old outfielder walked in two of his first three plate appearances of the game and was driven in by Alexi Amarista both times -- first on a single and then on a triple. In between, he sent a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Robinzon Diaz.

Trout made his only out of the contest in the fifth when he flied out to right field, but he followed that up with a two-out RBI single in the sixth. He saved his two extra-base hits for his final two at-bats, tripling in the eighth -- and again coming home courtesy of an Amarista sacrifice fly -- and then capping his day with a double in the ninth.

The 25th overall pick in the 2009 Draft, Trout has hit safely in 18 of his 19 games at Triple-A. Tuesday's game marked his ninth multi-hit performance, his fourth with three base knocks. Overall, he has collected 31 hits -- 10 for extra bases -- along with 21 runs and 13 RBIs.

Amarista finished the day with three RBIs and two runs scored, while four other players -- Diaz, Ryan Langerhans, Doug Deeds and Ed Lucas -- knocked in two runs apiece. All nine players in the Bees' starting lineup recorded a hit in the game, with eight of them plating at least one run.

Salt Lake's 16 runs tie a season high, which the team set in a 16-1 drubbing of Tucson on Sunday.

Jason Berg (1-1) earned the win by yielding just one hit over 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Tucson starter Matt Palmer (1-2) was only able to record one out before leaving the game, surrendering seven runs on five hits and three walks.

David Heck is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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