Trevor Story’s leaping grab to save Germán Márquez’s then no-hitter
On June 29 of this year, Colorado Rockies ace Germán Márquez had his best start of the season. The Rockies had just come off a tough road trip as they had just been swept by the eventual NL Central champion Milwaukee Brewers on the road.
The Rockies returned home to face the Pittsburgh Pirates and Márquez had an 8-0 lead. But he still had not allowed a hit through seven innings.
For the first batter of the eighth inning, catcher Jacob Stallings lined a ball to Trevor Story and Story made the catch of 2021 for the Rockies.
Statcast had that ball as having an expected batting average of .570.
Márquez gave up one hit (a single to Ka’ai Tom) to lead off the ninth inning but it was the only hit that Márquez allowed in his complete-game shutout.
Another defensive play to add to the Trevor Story highlight reel
Trevor Story has always been a bit underrated by most of the baseball world defensively but Colorado Rockies fans have not underrated him because they see him every day.
This play from August is another example of how great Story can be on defense and a prime example of a player knowing his surroundings and knowing his second baseman (Brendan Rodgers) well.
Rox Pile’s Kevin Henry caught up with Story after the play and spoke with him about it.
If Wednesday ends up being Story’s final game at Coors Field as a Colorado Rockies player, it will be a bittersweet one. Story, like all players, wants to win and the Rockies still look far away from playoff contention. With the way things have unfolded, it looks like the chances that Story resigns with the Rockies is slim.
If that’s the case, all the Rockies will get is a compensatory draft pick in 2022 and the memories of, arguably, the best shortstop in franchise history.