Halo Trivia: Who’s the Last Angel to SO Four Times in a Game?
Oct 3, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout reacts after popping out for the first out in the 9th inning against the Kansas City Royals in game two of the 2014 ALDS playoff baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas McPherson – September 21, 2004 vs. Seattle Mariners
Fans have groaned watching Josh Hamilton flail and Mike Trout lead the league in strikeouts, but they have at least managed to stay clear of the golden sombrero. Dallas McPherson was not so lucky when he had to face the fearsome Jamie Moyer back in 2004. He may have taken solace in the fact that Chone Figgins was one strike away from donning a matching crown that night.
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In the bottom of the second McPherson came to bat with the chance to tie the game after the Mariners took a 3 run lead. He worked the count full and ended up going down swinging. The following inning ended the same way; a 3-2 count and another swinging K. He must have been happy to see Moyer out of the game when he stepped up for the third time in the 7th inning. This time Ron Villone was pitching in relief and once again the count was full. This time McPherson stood by and watched strike three go right by him. Mercifully he may have thought that he wouldn’t receive another at bat. Instead, Troy Glaus walked against J.J. Putz and that put McPherson up one more time with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The count went to a quick 0-2 and he must’ve really felt the pressure. Once again he stayed cool and got to a full count. With the payoff pitch on the way his mighty swing came up empty once more.
Amazingly, ten seasons later no Angel has been shamed by the golden sombrero. It seems inevitable that our golden boy (Trout) or Josh “Walk back song” Hamilton will whiff all night and replace McPherson on the trivia list.