Rockies shortstop Trevor Story hit three homers against the San Francisco Giants last night. They were all absolute bombs, but one of them was the biggest bomb hit since Statcast came on the scene since they began measuring such things in 2015.
Homer number one went “only” 459 feet and landed in the concourse behind the left field stands in Coors Field. The second homer was a 505-footer, also hitting the concourse and bouncing into a concession stand. That beat out Giancarlo Stanton‘s 504-footer back in 2016 — also hit at Coors Field — for the record. The longest non-Coors Field shot was a 495-footer by Aaron Judge in Yankee Stadium last year.
Story’s third homer was a blooper, comparatively speaking, going only 416 feet. Which, yeah, is still longer than a heck of a lot of homers that get hit.
Story, who burst on the scene in 2016 with an April home run barrage that petered out once the weather got warm is having a fantastic season that should earn him some decent downballot MVP support. To date he’s hitting .298/.354/.566 with 31 homers and 95 RBI, both of which are career highs. And, of course, there is still nearly a month of the season left.
Watch him hit the ball a country mile:
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.