Five years ago today, the Angels did something in Spring Training that hasn’t been done in a regular season game since 1936.
Strange things can happen during Spring Training. I mean, Randy Johnson once killed a bird with his fastball. For the Angels, strange, or if you are a fan of the Halos, magnificence, found its way into a spring training game in 2015 when they hit four triples in one inning against Trevor Bauer.
Erick Aybar and C.J. Cron got the party started with back-to-back triples in the third inning of a Spring Training game against Bauer and the Indians. Chris Iannetta stepped to the plate and hit a sacrifice fly, and then Johnny Giavotella and Collin Cowgill connected on their own back-to-back three-baggers, making it four triples in five batters. The Angels franchise has never hit more than three triples in an entire regular season game. No team has hit four triples in a regular season inning since 1936, according to Baseball Reference.
The Angels starter that day, Hector Santiago, told reporters after the game, “Everyone was getting excited on the bench. Each guy wanted a triple and went for it. I loved it. I know (manager Mike) Scioscia loved it.”
For Trevor Bauer, it was another reason for him to want to get out of Spring Training in 2015. He had served up back-to-back-to-back home runs against the Cubs a few weeks earlier.
March 20 carries another interesting footnote in Angels history as it was the day they traded Mike Scioscia‘s son, Matt Scioscia, to the Cubs for Trevor Gretzky, son of the all-time great hockey player Wayne Gretzky. The 2014 trade of minor leaguers was only significant for the names involved as neither player developed into a major league hitter.
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