The Pirates turned a triple play against the Cardinals in the second inning of Saturday evening’s match-up. In a 0-0 game, starter Vance Worley walked Jhonny Peralta to lead off the frame. Jason Heyward followed up with a double to right field to send Peralta to third base. Yadier Molina then hit a line drive to second baseman Neil Walker, who leaped up and snagged it, then threw to third baseman Jung Ho Kang. Kang thought that the inning was over, and had to be instructed to throw the ball back to second base to complete the triple play.
Check out the play:
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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.