Colorado Rockies video: Trevor Story makes a nice running catch
SAN FRANCISCO — There are times when plays that make a big difference in the game don’t show up as prevalent as they should on the scorecard or don’t get discussed as much in the postgame media scrum as they should. Such was the case with a play made by Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon in San Francisco.
With the Colorado Rockies leading 3-0 over the San Francisco Giants and starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela having faced scoring threats in each of the previous two frames, Austin Slater stepped to the plate to lead off the fourth inning.
On a 1-1 pitch, Slater hit a towering pop-up into the bright blue sky over AT&T Park. Seemingly heading toward no man’s land and destined for a bloop base hit, Story, making a case for a Gold Glove this season, made a great play. See it for yourself below.
That was the start of six consecutive outs for Senzatela and also marked his only two perfect frames of the day in his five-inning outing.
Following the win, Colorado manager Bud Black made a point to talk about defensive plays made by Story, David Dahl, Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu. None will make SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays, but each were critical to Colorado’s success on Sunday, Black said.
"“Those are things that go unnoticed,” Black told Rox Pile and other media members. “Run prevention is critical. Defense in games like this is very important. Every out in a game like this is important. You can’t underestimate getting those outs or plays that, a lot of times are tough, but they are made.”"
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After the game, I asked Story about the play and what goes into a catch like that that maybe isn’t ever thought about or seen by the fans in attendance or those watching on television.
“It’s different at home than in different ballparks,” Story explained in our exclusive chat. “Here, a lot of balls fall in like that. I kind of knew that Chuck (Charlie Blackmon) was out there and, off the bat, I knew that it was either my play or nobody’s play. It was just me trying to judge it.”
Story also said with the way Colorado pitchers have thrown this season, it does put an emphasis on the Rockies defense to come through as often as possible.
“It’s huge,” Story said. “Those guys have been really good. We take a lot of pride in our defense. We want to pick them (pitchers) up. When they hit ground balls, we want to make them out, especially if the balls aren’t hit hard. We want to get the outs. That’s what they’re taught to it and we want to turn those into outs.”