The two errors he made in his third-base debut Friday night were difficult enough for Mark Trumbo to absorb, but a bigger concern for the Angels and the converted first baseman could be the mental scars left by the rocky performance.
“I’d be lying if I said otherwise,” Trumbo said Saturday when asked if his confidence was shaken a bit. “It’s not that I don’t have confidence in myself, but I know how hard pitchers work to get those outs, and any time you don’t pick them up, I feel as bad as anybody.
“I take a lot of pride in contributing on multiple levels, and when you’re not able to do that, it leaves a real sour taste. But I have to use it as motivation to try to get better.”
Trumbo singled during a five-run eighth, but it was hard to relish his contribution to a season-opening 5-0 win over the Royals after committing a throwing error in the second and over-running a foul popup that dropped near the on-deck circle in the seventh, miscues that forced Jered Weaver to throw 14 extra pitches.