ANAHEIM -- With a nine-run lead and no-hitter on the line, you would've expected Angels manager Mike Scioscia to go with Alberto Callaspo or Maicer Izturis as a defensive replacement at third base. Instead, he stuck with Mark Trumbo -- who's still getting a feel for the position and previously went a span of 13 games with only one start at the hot corner.
That did not go unnoticed.
"That really means a lot, given the weight of what was going on and how important everything was," Trumbo said. "Yeah, we had a nine-run lead, but there's a lot more on the line. I was prepared. I was in every play. If I had something hit to me, I felt like I would've been able to get the job done."
Trumbo made only three plays during Jered Weaver's no-hitter against the Twins on Wednesday night, and two were foul popups. But the other was the type of play that's of most concern with him -- a third-inning bunt by Jamey Carroll that he charged, scooped with his glove and fired to first for the easy out.
Trumbo was back at third base for Thursday's series opener against the Blue Jays, marking the fourth time he has started in the hot corner in the last six games, but made a big two-out error in the sixth, fielding an Edwin Encarnacion grounder and throwing wide of first base to plate two runs in the 5-0 loss.
It was his fourth error in eight starts at third.
"I don't know if I can pinpoint anything other than the throw was wide," Trumbo said. "Maybe I didn't align myself as well as I could've. But I've been making progress over there, and fortunately I came back and made the next one. I'm working to get better over there. The effort's always going to be there."