Trout returns to scene of monster game

Trout returns to scene of monster game

Trout returns to scene of monster game
SEATTLE -- If Mike Trout is in a mini-slump, Safeco Field may be the perfect place for him to turn it around. The 20-year-old outfielder has just one hit in his last three games, but history shows the Angels' matchup with the Mariners on Thursday has come at a perfect time.

It may have just been one good series, but Trout was 3-for-10 lifetime at Safeco -- known as a pitchers' park -- with two of those hits being home runs, both in the same five-RBI game last Aug. 30.

"Just got to still work gap-to-gap and get on base," said Trout, who also added that nothing major stood out from his last time in Seattle. "Home runs to me are mistakes, Just trying to put the ball on the ground and put some pressure on the defense. Anything in the gap, definitely trying to go three. That's always been the plan, just be aggressive on the basepaths and just go with that."

For what it's worth, though, Angels manager Mike Scioscia doesn't think Trout's recent struggles are anything to be worried about.

"He hit a couple balls hard in the Oakland series," Scioscia said. "Not everybody's going to do everything on every day, and Mike's still having good at-bats. He'll be fine."