Mike Trout, Mickey Moniak, Luis Rengifo star for Angels vs. Cubs

ANAHEIM — It was “no Hunter Renfroe or Taylor Ward, no problem” for the Angels on Wednesday night.

Trout squashed a solo homer in the 4th, Rengifo went 2-for-4 with a homer and 2 RBIs and Moniak ripped a three-run double in a definitive sixth-inning rally.

Trout and Moniak likewise made a number of essential defensive plays, as Trout made a snow-cone grab at the wall in the 4th and back-to-back running catches in the seventh, while Moniak entered into the mean a highlight-reel catch to end the 3rd and included a moving grab in the 8th.

“The outfield depth in this organization right now is crazy,” Moniak stated. “You’ve got me, Ward, Renfroe, Rengifo, Mike Trout and now we have Jo [Adell] here. It’s just a testament to the talent that we’ve got in this organization in the outfield. It’s not like there’s a hole in the lineup if somebody goes down. Everybody can step in and perform and help the team win in their own specific ways.”

Trout was the only routine in the outfield on Wednesday, however there was absolutely nothing routine about his solo blast in the 4th off right-hander Jameson Taillon. Trout raised a sweeper to best field and it kept rollovering the wall for his 14th homer of the year.

He’s beginning to get rid of his current funk, as he’s been squaring up some balls just recently and lastly getting something to reveal for his effort.

“You don’t see too many guys hit balls like that,” supervisor Phil Nevin stated. “How short his swing is, you usually need to see a guy with a lot of leverage to get into a ball that way. But his swing path stays the same, whether it’s in or out. That’s why he’s one of the best.”

It was simply Rengifo’s 8th start of the season in the outfield, a relocation demanded by Ward’s health problem and Adell showing up to the park too near video game time after capturing a last-minute flight from Triple-A Salt Lake to spell Renfroe on his paternity leave.

The mix is most likely to look various on Thursday, as Adell is anticipated to make his season launching versus lefty Drew Smyly and Ward is likewise most likely to return if he’s feeling much better.

Rengifo, however, took advantage of his unusual start in left and came through with a game-tying solo homer off Taillon in the 5th after Jaime Barria quit 2 runs in the top of the inning. Rengifo leapt all over a first-pitch fastball to open the frame for a crowning achievement forecasted at 427 feet, connected for the 3rd longest in his profession.

He was aggressive once again in the 6th, providing the Angels the lead with a two-out, consent RBI single. This time, he smacked a first-pitch curveball from reducer Mark Leiter Jr. It was another indication he’s beginning to come around offensively, as he’s batting .438 (7-for-16) in 5 video games in June after going into the month batting .199 through his very first 47 video games.

“I’ve been staying positive every time and being aggressive,” Rengifo stated. “Every time you go up there, you have to do your job. Today, I swung at the first pitches and it worked out really well for me.”

After Rengifo’s single, Zach Neto drew a walk to fill the bases for Moniak, who once again satisfied in an essential circumstance. Moniak discovered himself in a two-strike count however had the ability to lace a 2-2 splitter up in the zone for a three-run double to top the four-run frame.

Moniak, the No. 1 general choice in the 2016 MLB Draft, has actually not done anything however reveal he belongs in the major leagues because his callup in mid-May, as he’s struck .304/.339/.643 with 4 homers, 5 doubles and 10 RBIs in 16 video games, while playing exceptional defense.

And he’s had the ability to remain secured regardless of seeing Ward get more playing time just recently, which has actually been simply as remarkable.

“I just think [hitting coaches Marcus] Thames and [Phil] Plantier have been awesome,” Moniak stated. “I think that they do a really good job of making sure that I stay locked in, whether I’m on the bench or looking at the scouting reports for the bullpen in case I pinch-hit. And making sure I use the velo machine so that my timing is right. The swing has felt great and I have the confidence to know that I’ll be in the right spot even if I haven’t played in four days.”

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