LA Angels Team Up to for Houston Victims

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 25: Mike Trout
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 25: Mike Trout /

The LA Angels recently played the Houston Astros in a weekend series. However, as the games went on, Hurricane Harvey attacked the state of Texas, with the Houston area being hit exceptionally hard.

LA Angels members and players have reached out and are campaigning for Houston and their victims. The Halos and Astros are division rivals, but that has not stopped Mike Trout and others from realizing that baseball is a way to unite for a greater cause.

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Mike Trout announced in a letter on Tuesday that he and his fiancee Jessica Cox, will be “donating $27,000 from #27,” to the American Red Cross. This money will go to the relief efforts in Houston. Trout also pleaded for his teammates and other MLB players to follow suit and help the victims in Houston.

While Mike Trout gave an exact number, the Angels broadcasting team decided to make things more interesting.

Victor Rojas announced on an Instagram post on Monday that he and fellow commentator Mark Gubizca would be donating as well. They promised to donate $100 for every strikeout in the current series against the Oakland Athletics. Not just strikeouts for Halo pitchers, but Oakland pitchers as well. The money will also be donated to the American Red Cross.

Rojas and Gubizca also pleaded for not just players and MLB personnel to help out, but anyone who can.

The LA Angels team got this donation drive started off right on Monday night. Andrew Heaney struck out a career-high ten batters in his six innings. The Angels bullpen added four more strikeouts courtesy of Keynan Middleton and Blake Parker, who struck out the side in the ninth.

On the Oakland side, starting pitcher Daniel Gossett sent six batters down on strikes. The A’s Santiago Castilla added on two more strikeouts in his relief appearance.

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With last night’s performances, the current donation is at $2,200. With Troy Scribner, who averages 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings, taking the mound tonight for the Halos, there is a good chance the donation hits $4,000 tonight.

To help out the victims in Houston, text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. For more information on how to help the Houston victims, click here.