Sunday 4x4: Trevor Writing Quite a Story
Yes, Kyle Freeland shutdown the Brewers for the bulk of Saturday's 4-0 victory at Coors Field.
Freeland, however, knows the real story of what happened was Trevor Story.
It was Story who continued to emerge as a crunch-time player for the Rockies, producing all four Rockies runs with two home runs and a double. In his fourth plate appearance, in the seventh, he drew a walk.
Story got things started in the first when, after Nolan Arenado's two-out triple, Story unloaded his first home run of the night, and a 2-0 lead. Then, in the third, after Arenado doubled with two out, Story doubled, as well, and the Rockies were up 3-0. Then, in the fifth, again with two out, but this time with nobody on base, Story delivered another home run, his 10th of the season.
"Between the mental side of it and the physical side, I feel good right now," said Story. "I put a lot of work in over the winter.It's not going to be there every night but as long as I am having good at-bats I'll be all right.''
And right now the Coors Field advantage is working, well, for Story.
Comfortable at Coors
Source: Stats, Inc.
This is nothing new. Story has been comfortable at Coors since he arrived in the big leagues in 2016.
"I love it," he said. "It's a great place to hit. You see the ball here. At home, you sleep in your own bed. You get in a routine. I'm just comfortable."
And it shows. Since the start of his rookie season, 2016, he is tied with Charline Blackmon for the second most home runs at Coors Field (37), is second to Nolan Arenado with 117 RBI, and is hitting .280.
Home, Sweet Home
The Rockies were up 4-0 going into the ninth inning. There was no save on the line. That wasn't a big deal for Rockies closer Wade Davis. He was glad to get back on the mound the night after blowing a 10-8 lead in the ninth inning in a game in which he not only had two out with nobody on base, but was ahead in the count 0-2 before giving up a single and home run.
He did give up a lead-off single to Brewers infielder Hernan Perez, but then sandwiched strikeouts of Orlando Arcia and Jonathan Villar around a ground out from Travis Shaw.
"I wanted to pitch," he said. "I didn't care if the score was 50-0. I wanted to get out there and bring the intensity level up a little. When I look back (at Friday) . ... I want to go out with an edge every time. Every game you learn something."
And there is a learning process, particularly, for a pitcher who is calling Coors Field home for the first time, and had pitched only one inning in his career at Coors Field prior to this year.
Home, Road Takes Adjustments
|4/7/2018||Atl||W 3-2||0||1||1||2||1||1||3/31/2018||Ari||W 2-1||1||1||1||0||0||0|
|4/11/2018||SD||W 6-4||1||1||1||0||0||0||4/2/2018||SD||W 7-4||1||1||0.1||0||0||0|
|4/21/2018||ChC||W 5-2||1||1||1||0||0||0||4/4/2018||SD||W 5-2||1||1||1||0||0||0|
|4/25/2018||SD||W 5-2||0||0||1||1||1||1||4/5/2018||SD||W 3-1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|5/8/2018||LAA||W 4-2||1||1||1||1||0||0||4/13/2018||Was||W 2-1||1||1||1||0||0||0|
|5/11/2018||Mil||L 11-10||0||1||1||2||2||2||4/15/2018||Was||W 6-5||1||1||1||0||0||0|
|5/12/2018||Mil||W 4-0||0||0||1||1||0||0||4/17/2018||Pit||W 2-0||1||1||1||0||0||0|
The Brewers have only lost 17 out of 40 games, but when they lose they usually go down easily. They have been shutout an MLB-leading eight times. That's three more times than any other MLB team, and five more times than the Rockies. The Yankees and Rangers, in fact, have not been shutout, and the Diamondbacks, Braves, Phillies, Nationals, Red Sox, Indians, Royals and Twins have been blanked only once.
Nine x Zero = Nothing