DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Trevor Story threw from the seat of his pants -- on a night when the Rockies and Padres flew by the seats of their collective trousers in the 2020 Coors Field opener.
Before the deflection, it looked as if the Rockies would get a double play. Instead, Story -- with help from first baseman Daniel Murphy’s scoop -- ended up with a viral video.
“I felt like I was in a good position for the ball off the bat,” Story said. “I thought we were going to turn two. But it ricocheted off Bard, and I had to throw on the brakes real quick. I ended up having to fall back to catch the ball. It was just a weird play. The runner was coming on me then. I just tried to get it over to ‘Murph’ as quick as I could, and he made a nice pick for me.”
Story also gave the Rockies a 5-4 lead in the seventh with his third home run of the season, an opposite-way shot to right field off lefty reliever Matt Strahm.
For all the good plays, however, Story was unhappy with his sixth-inning error on Tommy Pham’s bouncer. Instead of a possible inning-ending double play, a run scored that created a 3-2 deficit for the Rockies and starter Jon Gray, who pitched solidly for 5 2/3 innings.
“That error really bothered me,” Story said. “I just kind of got stuck in between. I didn’t pick up Jonny -- he did his job, made his pitch. That’s on me.”