Story went 1-for-3 with a grand slam and a walk in Tuesday's win over the Padres.
Story has now recorded at least one hit in seven of the last eight games, bringing his average up to .250. The home run was his sixth of the year, and the four RBI push his season total to 18, which is good for third-most among all shortstops in the majors. Story is so far proving to be a formidable run producer.
Freeland (1-3) struck out eight in seven scoreless innings to earn the win Tuesday over the Padres, giving up three hits and two walks.
Freeland was excellent on Tuesday, shutting down Padres hitters to earn his first win of the season. He was at 90 pitches by the end of seven innings, and only one of the three hits allowed went for extra bases. Run support has been an issue for Freeland so far in the young season. Prior to Tuesday's game, the young lefty had been getting just 2.25 RS/9 (he had 5.77 RS/9 last year) so the Rockies' hitters putting up seven runs at the end of two certainly helped. Freeland's next start will be against the Cubs in Chicago.
Lauer (0-1) gave up seven runs (six earned) on six hits in a loss to the Rockies on Tuesday, striking out three and walking four.
Coors Field is a rough place to make your first big-league start. Lauer held the Rockies to singles, but walked the bases loaded twice in the first two innings. The second time resulted in a grand slam by Trevor Story. The 22-year-old lefty put up decent numbers last year across Single-A and Double-A ball, posting a 6-8 record, 3.30 ERA, 1.25 WHIP with 132 strikeouts in 122.2 innings. At the Triple-A level this year, Lauer was 2-1 in three starts with a 3.00 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. Should he remain in the rotation, Lauer is slated to take on the Giants in San Francisco for his next start.
West had just four points (2-4 FG) but added seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 18 minutes during Tuesday's 99-91 victory over San Antonio.
West did his thing Tuesday, adding some size to the Warriors when needed while providing veteran leadership out on the floor. While his numbers don't jump off the board, he contributes all over the floor and remains a vital role player within the team structure. The Warriors will now face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in the second-round and West is going to need to be out there to contend with Davis and the other Pelicans big-men.
Thompson compiled 24 points (11-22 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, four assists and one block in 41 minutes during Tuesday's 99-91 victory over San Antonio.
Thompson shot the ball well again Tuesday despite hitting on only one of his three-point attempts. The Spurs have been able to focus their defense on Thompson with Steph Curry (knee) on the sidelines, but that has not slowed down his ability to put the ball in the basket. Curry could return for Game One of the series against New Orleans and this should give Thompson some more freedom, especially from beyond the arc.
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