DENVER September 29, 2021
Trevor Story ran out to his position to start the game like he typically does and noticed one thing — no one was following him.
The cheers from the fans soon followed. Part of a day filled with send-offs for Story, just in case this indeed was his final game with Colorado at Coors Field.
The story certainly did his part, too, with a career-high-tying four hits, a walk, and three runs scored to help the Rockies beat the Washington Nationals 10-5 on Wednesday.
Really, though, this was the Story Show, and his performance epitomized him as a player, manager Bud Black said. The shortstop who’s eligible to be a free agent did a little bit of everything.
Teammates let him run out on the field alone at the start just to absorb the applause. That was the idea of good friend Charlie Blackmon.
“Chuck got me pretty good,” Story said. “It means a lot that they did that.”
The story also received an ovation before stepping into the batter’s box. Then the first-round pick in the 2011 amateur draft let his bat do the talking with four hits — all singles, including one in which he was thrown out trying to stretch.
“Making sure I touched home,” Story cracked.
Not many fans stuck around for the end when the Rockies made their way around the field and waved to the fans. The story gave away some of his gear as a way to say thank you.
“A small token of my appreciation,” Story said.
Colorado finished 48-33 at Coors Field. Unfortunately, the Rockies will be sitting out the postseason for a third straight season. Juan Soto was 1 for 4 with an RBI and is hitting .318. He’s trying to catch current Dodger and former teammate Trea Turner for the NL batting title. Turner entered the day, hitting .325.
Soto made a nifty catch at the fence on the right and appeared to bang his knee on the wall. He hobbled around for a moment before motioning he was OK.
Ashton Goudeau (2-1) earned the win for Colorado. Mason Thompson (1-3) took the loss for the Nationals.
“It’s just a long day,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.
Sam Hilliard gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead in the third with a two-run single. Colorado added three more in the fifth to pull away.
The game started under partly cloudy skies and a temperature of 70 degrees. The rain hit in the top of the third inning. The temperature dropped to 54 degrees by the end.
Starters Paolo Espino and Peter Lambert didn’t last long. Both went two innings, with Espino giving up four runs and Lambert five. This was Lambert’s second start of the season after missing last year following Tommy John’s surgery.
“He can go into the offseason knowing he’s healthy,” Black said of Lambert.
CORBIN’S and RYAN FELTENER are on the list of injured players.
Washington Nationals lefty Patrick Corbin has a blister, and won’t make another start this season.
Ryan Feltner from the Colorado Rockies did not appear in this match. He has made only two appearances for the Rockies in 2021, which is his debut year. He has been sidelined due to an injury.