May 3 (UPI) — Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout broke Statcast, which said he hit a 524-foot homer in a win against the Baltimore Orioles.
The long ball came in the Angels’ 10-7 victory against the Orioles Wednesday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif.
Trout stepped up to the plate with his team trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Ian Kinsler hit a fly ball for the Angels’ first out of the frame before Trout walked to the plate to face Orioles starter Dylan Bundy. The right-handed hurler threw a 90.4-mph four-seam fastball for a ball with his first pitch.
Trout then crushed his 90.1-mph four-seam fastball deep to left field for the lengthy blast. The ball left the park at 116.8 mph, according to Statcast. MLB.com reported that the reading was not accurate.
“Far. I don’t know, but that’s about as loud and far as I’ve seen a ball hit,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters. “That ball was … hit.”
Albert Pujols also went yard two batters later, giving the Angels a 2-1 lead. The Orioles tightened the game with a five-run ninth inning, but Los Angeles held on for its 18th win of the season.
Trout went 1-for-2 on the day, with two runs scored, two walks, an RBI and a strikeout. He is now hitting .292, with a league-high 11 home runs in 2018. He also leads the American League with 26 walks and four intentional walks.