Mark Trumbo needed Sunday's game as badly as the Angels did.
Trumbo needed it to wipe away the memory of a debilitating slump, one that has threatened to ruin his All-Star season. The Angels needed it to wipe away the memory of Saturday night.
In baseball, a short memory is important. One bad game lasts only until the next game starts. A slump can be put to rest with a game-winning hit.
That's what Trumbo gave the Angels on Sunday, delivering a three-run homer in the second inning of a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals -- and putting Saturday night's crushing ninth-inning loss into the distant past.
The effect of the victory was critical since it allowed the Angels to stay within striking distance in the American League wild card race. After their loss Saturday, it looked like they might simply fold -- that's how badly it hurt them.
But they recovered to take two of three from the Royals in Kansas City and return home for their final and most important homestand of the season...