Rockies shortstop Trevor Story entered Tuesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks with 32 home runs, 25 stolen bases, and 39 doubles. He doubled in the first inning and, as a result, became the first shortstop in major league history with 40-plus doubles, 30-plus homers, and 25-plus stolen bases in a single season.
The only other shortstops who came close to the milestone before Story were Jimmy Rollins in 2007 with the Phillies (30 homers, 41 steals, 38 doubles) and Alex Rodriguez in 1998 with the Mariners (42 homers, 46 steals, 35 doubles).
Story also knocked in a run with the double, putting him at 100 RBI. Rodriguez, in ’98, had 124 RBI. They’re the only such 30+ HR/100+ RBI/25+ SB seasons by a shortstop.
Story, 25, entered Tuesday’s action slashing .293/.348/.559 for the first-place Rockies. If the Rockies are able to hold off the Dodgers and D-Backs to win the NL East, Story will be a significant reason for the achievement. The Rockies have never won a division title in the club’s 25-year history.
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.