MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers may have had the Rockies' number through all but one game so far in the season series, but at least one player in purple has been immune to Milwaukee's dominance.Shortstop Trevor Story launched two more homers in accounting for all the Colorado offense in Saturday night's
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers may have had the Rockies' number through all but one game so far in the season series, but at least one player in purple has been immune to Milwaukee's dominance.
Shortstop Trevor Story launched two more homers in accounting for all the Colorado offense in Saturday night's 8-4 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park, running his total against the Crew to six on the year in six games. Through the first two games of the series in Milwaukee, Story has connected on three long balls.
No, the Brewers aren't pitching him any differently than other teams, and no, there hasn't been one big adjustment that has led to the hot streak, Story asserted after the game.
"Baseball's tough," Story said. "You feel good one day and you feel terrible the next. It's all about little adjustments for me. I'm feeling good right now."
That he is. Story is batting .338 since June 1 and is coming off a July in which he posted a 1.026 OPS. In June, that figure was .950.
"This guy is an All-Star player," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "You saw that recognition through the first half of the year. With Trev, we're seeing great strides, especially the last few months, in the approach. He's going to continue to be a really good player in this league."
Brewers starter Freddy Peralta baffled the Rockies for the second time this year with his fastball, but Story squared one up in the fourth for a two-run homer. It traveled 435 feet out to center field, according to Statcast™, and accounted for the only two runs against Peralta over six innings.
"He started me off with a curveball," Story said. "I felt like I went in not looking for that. Then he threw a fastball that was over the middle of the plate. That's where I was looking and just put a good swing on it."
Story then came to the plate in the ninth with one out and his team down, 8-2, and sent a screamer just over the top of the left-center-field fence for another two-run blast. Reliever Matt Albers left a slider over the middle of the plate down in the zone, and Story lined it out at a launch angle of 19 degrees.
A crew chief review confirmed the home run, as the ball bounced just over the top of the fence.
"I knew I hit it really well, it was just a matter of if it was high enough or not," Story said. "I knew I hit it hard enough, that's for sure."
While Milwaukee improved to 5-1 against Colorado in advance of Sunday's season-series finale, Story became just the second player in history to hit at least six homers in seven or fewer games against the Brewers in a single season.
Curt Hogg is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee.