Trevor Story sets record with 2-homer game in MLB debut
Rockies SS is 1st player with multiple dingers in debut on opening day
Baseball fans in Denver were told there would be growing pains with new shortstop Trevor Story.
For one day, at least, that wasn't evident.
After beating out two others for a starting job and hitting .340 in spring training, Story took Arizona starting pitcher Zack Greinke over the fence twice in the Colorado Rockies' season opener on Monday night to become the first player in major league history to hit multiple home runs in his big-league debut on opening day.
I’d like to go back in time three days and select Trevor Story for NL Rookie of the Year.—@DCameronFG
Greinke fashioned an earned-run average of 1.66 last season pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the lowest in the major leagues in 20 years.
Story is also the first National League player to hit at least two homers in his debut while four American League players have done so.
In the third inning, Story snapped a 1-1 tie at Arizona's Chase Field, belting a three-run homer to right field on a 0-1 pitch, scoring starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa and leadoff man Charlie Blackmon.
Couldn't have written a better story.<a href="https://twitter.com/Tstory2">@Tstory2</a> hit a 3-run home run on his <a href="https://twitter.com/MLB">@MLB</a> debut! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StoryTime?src=hash">#StoryTime</a><a href="https://t.co/9xedADltUb">https://t.co/9xedADltUb</a>—@Rockies
With the Rockies up 6-1 in the fourth, the 23-year-old Story launched Greinke's 2-0 pitch over the fence in left-centre field for a one-out solo shot.
Greinke, who signed a six-year deal worth $206.5 million US with the Diamondbacks in December, retired the next two batters but was pulled after four innings, having allowed seven runs (all earned) on nine hits and three home runs.
Story grounded out, lined out and struck out twice in his other four plate appearances but played a key part in Colorado's 10-5 victory.
A few more nights like Monday and Story, the Rockies' best defender at shortstop through the spring, will probably keep $22 million man Jose Reyes on the bench. The former Toronto Blue Jay is currently on paid leave while he waits for a court case related to domestic violence charges to play out in Hawaii.
In the meantime, the rookie Story, a first-round pick in 2011 who is making $508,000 this season, is making many fans forget about Troy Tulowitzki, who was traded to Toronto in the Reyes deal.
"He's a super quiet guy, but he sure works hard," Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado told the Denver Post on the weekend. "The power is there, obviously. He has some solid at-bats and has some pop. I can't get over how much control he has over his game."