Trevor Story sets 2nd MLB record in 1st week of career
Rockies SS 1st player in modern era to homer in each of first 3 games
You don't have to look past the Rockies to figure out what the story in Colorado sports is this week.
Trevor Story was a hot topic through spring training as he won the starting job at shortstop with a .340 batting average and 1.166 on-base-plus slugging percentage.
After becoming the first player to homer twice in his major league debut in Monday's 10-5 win over Arizona, the 23-year-old went deep on Tuesday and again Wednesday afternoon, becoming the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to homer in each of his first three games.
In the first inning, the right-handed hitting Story turned on a Patrick Corbin 92-mile-per-hour fastball and sent his third pitch of the game far over the 415-foot sign in left-centre field at Chase Field to give the Rockies an early 2-0 lead.
Story would strike out twice and line out in his other three at-bats in a 4-3 Colorado victory.
He also flashed his defensive prowess, making a lunging grab of Paul Goldschmidt's sharp line drive in the fifth inning.
On Monday, Story socked a pair of home runs off Diamondbacks ace right-hander Zack Greinke, who posted the lowest earned-run average in the major leagues in 20 years at 1.66 last season.
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
Tuesday's home run came against Arizona starter Shelby Miller and made Rockies history as Story and former first baseman Todd Helton (1997) are the only players in club history to homer in their first two big-league games.
Story is only the second player in Major League Baseball history to follow a two-homer debut with a homer the next game, joining Charles Reilly of the 1889 Columbus Solons.
The young Rockies infielder also joined the St. Louis Cardinals' Joe Cunningham as the only players to hit three home runs in his first two contests.