DENVER -- Trevor Story has experienced enough home run spurts that when he doesn't, he misses them.Story homered twice -- his first multi-homer game this season -- while driving in a career-high six runs in the National League Wild Card-leading Rockies' 17-2 victory over the Braves on Wednesday night at
DENVER -- Trevor Story has experienced enough home run spurts that when he doesn't, he misses them.
Story homered twice -- his first multi-homer game this season -- while driving in a career-high six runs in the National League Wild Card-leading Rockies' 17-2 victory over the Braves on Wednesday night at Coors Field.
"I felt like I hadn't done that in forever," he said.
Story also went deep in a 4-3 loss to the Braves on Tuesday night, so Wednesday marked his third run of consecutive homers. He went deep April 21 and 22, and April 28 and 29. Last year as a rookie, he homered six times in his first four games, did it in consecutive games two other times, and fashioned a four-homers-in-three-games run.
Round-tripper spurts like this for Story, who has 18 homers, but just a .229 batting average, could be valuable during a postseason push.
Wednesday offered hope.
Batting eighth, Story whiffed on Mike Foltynewicz's full-count slider in his first at-bat for his 140th strikeout. He entered third in the NL in the category, but keep in mind he missed 13 games in May with a left shoulder injury. Put-away offspeed pitches have been a problem.
Wednesday, Story lashed a 2-2 Foltynewicz fastball through the middle for an RBI single in the third. Then he lined Luke Jackson's 2-2 curve into the left-field bleachers for two runs in the fourth, and lofted Max Fried's 1-1 curve into the same bleachers in the seventh.
The performance improved Story to 25-for-128 (.195) with five homers and 54 strikeouts on offspeed pitches this season.
"Just let my body react to what I'm seeing," Story said. "It was good to stay back on some balls like that. I feel like I haven't done that as much this year."
Rockies manager Bud Black said: "A lot of his hits have come on fastballs, and a lot of his home runs. So it's good to see him hit the offspeed pitch."
Last year, Story had ebbs and flows, but finished with an NL rookie shortstop record of 27 homers and a .272 average in 97 games before he suffered a season-ending thumb ligament injury. Story hopes he remembers how to turn hot, now that the Rockies are pushing for the playoffs.
"You definitely try to ride it," Story said. "Games like that give you confidence. You realize how tough this game is, so I'm not going to go out there bowing my chest tomorrow.
"You remember that feeling. It's a great feeling. Any time you hit the ball hard, you feel good the next day."
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