'The kid keeps doing it,' Weiss says after rookie's 9th-inning heroics
By Tony DeMarco
Special to MLB.com |
PHOENIX -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss called it a "money hit." For Trevor Story, it was the capper on an historic first month in the Major Leagues.
The situation: Story facing D-backs closer Brad Ziegler in the top of the ninth inning of a 2-2 game, two runners on and one out. Story took a sinking fastball the other way and into the right-field corner for a triple, and the Rockies were on their way to a 5-2 victory on Saturday night at Chase Field.
Added Weiss: "The kid keeps doing it. That was a big-time hit right there. Clutch. Game on the line. The kid just keeps showing up.''
Story also ripped an RBI double to deep left-center field in the top of the third inning off Zack Greinke, scoring Charlie Blackmon with the game's first run. So the 23-year-old rookie beat both the D-backs' ace and closer on the same night.
"The kid is getting pitched tough,'' Weiss said. "It's not like he's a secret anymore. He's in a good spot in the lineup because he's got protection all around him. But he's been getting pitched real tough, and he's been making adjustments really well.''
Added Story: "That's what this game is all about -- adjustments. That's the game within the game. Whatever adjustments I need to make, that's what I'm trying to do.''
Two months ago, Story was merely a highly rated prospect in the Rockies' system, a 45th overall pick in 2011 out of Irving (Tex.) High School with a shot at making the club in Spring Training thanks to Jose Reyes being placed on administrative leave.
Story answered all the questions then, but nobody was expecting this kind of April:
• His 10 homers are tied with teammate Nolan Arenado for the National League lead, and also had him tied with Jose Abreu of the White Sox (2014) for the most by a rookie in April in MLB history.
• Story became the first player in MLB history to hit home runs in each of his first four big leagues games, and the first player to hit as many as six homers over his first four games.
• Story's home runs in four consecutive games to begin a season tied four others for the longest streak in MLB history. And he became the first player since 1900 whose first four Major League hits were homers.
But there is more than just power to his game. For the month, Story tallied 20 RBIs, 19 runs scored, 17 extra-base hits (of his 24 total hits), 64 total bases and a .696 slugging percentage, and also played strong defense at shortstop, committing three errors.
"I don't know about the home runs, but I have confidence that I can play up here,'' Story said. "I really just looking forward to getting more wins in May.''
Tony DeMarco is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Rockies on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.