DENVER -- DJ LeMahieu was busy throughout the Rockies' 8-4 victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday night, but it struck him that all the chances were "routine."
Turns out a lot of run-of-the-mill chances led to a special night. LeMahieu's 12 assists tied a Major League record for second basemen in a nine-inning game, the Rockies announced. The feat has been accomplished several times, most recently by current MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds, for the Mariners on Aug. 27, 1986, against the Orioles.
"It's pretty cool to think about all the games that have ever been played," LeMahieu said. "It's awesome. I'm still trying to think about it."
It wasn't until after the game that he learned his night went down in history.
"I had no idea -- I had a lot of action, but I didn't know I had that much," LeMahieu said. "Really, I didn't make any really tough plays. Most of them were pretty routine. The pitchers made it easy."
Manager Jim Tracy has all along been impressed with the defensive work of LeMahieu, who is on his second callup from Triple-A Colorado Springs. He has stuck this time because of his bat -- a .293 batting average -- but his glove has not been a problem.
"He's one of those defenders that has a real nose for the ball," Tracy said. "He recognizes swings. He adjusts to swings. He adjusts to situations."