Red-hot Story leads Nuts to third straight win

Posted by Brian VanderBeek on April 29, 2014 

Trevor Story is so hot right now, his sweat might be enough to fuel a jet for a one-way trip to Tulsa.

And the really good news for the Modesto Nuts is that he’s taking some teammates along on his offensive ride.

With three hits in Modesto’s 12-9 victory over San Jose on Tuesday, Story has 10 hits in his last 12 at-bats, raising his average from .293 to .362, good enough to lead all California League right-handed batters.

Yes, that’s hot. But since the Nuts have scored 31 runs in notching their first three-game win streak of the season, Story’s certainly not doing it alone.

Will Swanner had his third straight three-hit game and drove home three runs, Jordan Ribera had three hits, including two doubles, and had four RBI, and Sam Mende added a triple and a double to the 13-hit attack that produced tacos for the sellout crowd of 4,029.

“Its hard to explain, but I think we’re just finding our rhythm as an offense and hitting the pitches we’re supposed to be swinging at while laying off the tough pitches,” Story said.

Modesto’s bats have been impressive in this series. But adding to the cache of the offensive output was that the Nuts had to rally after trailing 6-2 in the third inning.

Nuts starter Ben Alsup wasn’t sharp, giving up three-spots in the first and third innings. He settled down from there to get the Nuts into the sixth inning, giving his team a chance to rally.

David Kandilas, Swanner and Ribera all had doubles in Modesto’s four-run third, then Story and Swanner smacked two-out RBI hits in the fourth for an 8-6 Nuts lead.

San Jose scratched out single runs in the sixth and seventh to tie the game, but the Nuts came back with another four-run uprising in the seventh to put the game away.

Modesto had four walks in the inning, with Ribera driving home two runs with a single and Chris O’Dowd adding an RBI single. The first run scored in unique fashion, as San Jose reliever Mason McVay uncorked a wild pitch on an intentional walk.

That ended up being all the Nuts needed as they scored in double digits at home in back-to-back games for the first time since last June.

And for Story? Well, repeating this level after hitting .233 last season was not the career step he wanted to take. And with a few more hot streaks like this one, he should be ready to join many of last year’s Nuts teammates in Double-A Tulsa.

“I’ve been seeing the ball the same all season, but this is about me getting in a good spot to do what I can do, and then letting my ability take over,” Story said. “That’s what I’ve been doing lately.”

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