Some of the most memorable plays in Major League Baseball happen when athleticism and instinct come together in a harmonious blend of beauty. Such was the case on what will go down in the official scorebook as a 6-4-3 putout on Friday night by the Colorado Rockies.
Here is a look behind a defensive gem from Trevor Story and the Colorado Rockies against the Miami Marlins
Leading off the top of the fifth inning during Friday’s 14-2 Colorado win, Miami’s Isan Díaz hit the first pitch he saw from Colorado starter Germán Márquez to the right side of the infield. With the Rockies shifting against him, the ball went just to the left of shortstop Trevor Story. Playing close to second baseman Brendan Rodgers in the shift, Story dove for the ball and flipped it to Rodgers, who then threw to first baseman C.J. Cron to record the out against Díaz.
The play will be recorded as a 6-4-3 putout, but there’s more to it than just three numbers. It was a thing of beauty, drawing plenty of cheers from inside the dugout, bullpen, and around Coors Field.
You can see it below.
On Saturday, Story talked about the play from the night before that still had plenty of baseball fans buzzing.
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“I definitely didn’t think about it,” Story said, remembering back to how the play unfolded. “It was just purely instinctual. I was really extended and not in a great position to throw the ball. BRod (Rodgers) was right there, so I just kind of flicked it to him and he did a great job of finishing the play.
“It was nothing that we talked about before. It was being creative out there and following our instincts.”
While watching the video replay of the unusual putout, make sure you catch Story’s reaction after it was all over. The smile on his face says it all.
Was it almost like little kids just playing freelance out there?
“That was the feeling for sure,” Story said, breaking into the same smile he flashed after the play on Friday night. “During the moment, you’re just kind of doing whatever your instincts tell you. Afterwards, you kind of realize what happened and you laugh about it. It’s fun. That’s part of the game and I’ve learned to enjoy more of those plays when they happen.”