ANAHEIM -- Plenty of descriptors can aptly categorize Mike Trout's speed: explosive, blazing, game-changing.
Add "inning-extending" to the list.
The 19-year-old's one-out infield RBI single in Wednesday night's six-run sixth inning not only cut the Rangers' lead to 8-5, but it extended the inning and changed the complexion of the game, which the Angels won, 9-8. Had Trout not beaten out the throw to first by Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus, Erick Aybar's ensuing at-bat -- a double that scored Trout -- would have came with two outs and no men on base.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Trout was timed at 3.82 seconds out of the batter's box to first base on the play. For a right-handed hitter, that is "as good as you're going to see."
"It's huge," Scioscia said. "We would have scored the run anyway. But it led to a lot bigger things in that inning."
"When a ball is hit to Andrus, you're usually out. It doesn't matter if it's in the hole or whatever, he's good," he said. "For him [Trout] to beat that out, it was a big hit."
The Halos plated four more runs in what proved the game-winning frame.
Trout entered Thursday's game hitting .148 (4-for-27) through his first eight career Major League games and has recorded one double, two RBIs, and three walks.