Trevor Story has three homers, seven RBI nights as the Red Sox and their star offseason commitment continue to heat up

Trevor Story had one of the best games of his career Thursday night, helping lead the Red Sox to a 12-6 win over the Mariners at Fenway Park. The story was so good that JD Martinez was relegated despite a four-hit, three-carry ballgame after the fact.

Story also had four hits, but that included three home runs. He drove seven runs, scored five goals, stole a base and even recorded a walk. It’s one of those situations where the box score showing 4-5-4-7 looks absolutely glorious but still doesn’t come close to providing the full context for what had a ridiculous game history.

He also had almost all of the high-leverage hits.

The Red Sox fell 4-0 in the second inning. Story halved that with a two-run shot late in the inning. In the next inning, Story connected it with another two-run homer. In the sixth inning, Story came through with the go-ahead, RBI single, to make it 5-4. Those were the top three games for the Red Sox in WPA.

He then stole third place and scored an insurance run.

Story’s third home run could probably only be classified as showing off — it was a triple smash to make it 12-5 Red Sox — but it was the proverbial icing on the cake moment in a career game.

This was only the second three-homer game of Story’s career. He’s building on his career-high seven RBI (it’s also only the second time he’s done so). The five runs are a first for him. The four hits is a career high and it was his fifth game with four hits. When you add it all up, it was the best offensive night of his career.

He also made a number in his stat line for 2022.

History started the night with a triple slash line of 0.205/0.293/0.320. He now hits .230/.317/.413. He’s more than doubled his home run overall, from two to five. He had 16 RBI before the game started and has 23 now. He only had 14 runs and that jumped to 19.

Story signed a six-year, $140 million deal with the Red Sox last offseason, leaving the Rockies behind. He’s been struggling for a while but has been picking things up lately. Thursday was more of a highlight than something that came out of nowhere. In his last nine games, Story is now 11 for 33 with a double, five homers, 13 RBI and 11 runs.

Maybe it’s coincidence, maybe not, but the Red Sox are 6-3 in their last nine games. Before that, they were among the most disappointing teams in baseball at 10-19. Trevor Story has three homers, seven RBI nights as the Red Sox and their star offseason commitment continue to heat up

Justin Scacco

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