ANAHEIM, Calif. Like any good professional hitter, Mark Trumbo walked out of Angel Stadium late Monday night and wiped away an awful game from his memory.
Except for one thing. He remembered to watch some video.
Hitters don't like to dwell on bad games, and Trumbo had a bad one: 0 for 5 with four strikeouts.
Tuesday night, in what can only be considered an immediate and impressive recovery, he had two home runs, added a single and a double, scored twice and drove in four, lifting his batting average to a team-high .337.
"It's a strange game," he said. "Yesterday was statistically the worst game I've ever played. Today would probably take the cake for the best game I've ever played. Strange."
There's no way to explain these things. Players go through ups and downs, and the only thing they can do is ride out the good times for as long as possible and try to keep the slumps short. Trumbo had four homers in four games at the end of May, then followed that with a 1-for-16 stumble t...