Story a bright spot for Rockies in defeat

Story a bright spot for Rockies in defeat

DENVER -- On Tuesday night, when almost nothing was working offensively for the Rockies in a 10-1 loss to the Rays, Trevor Story shone bright. His offensive outbursts have been common since his recovery from a bruised right middle finger.

Story reached base all four times he stepped to the plate and drove in the Rockies' only run with a home run in the ninth.

Story has been particularly hot as of late, going 11-for-27 in his last nine games. This after an 0-for-16 stretch following the injury to his finger, sustained when D-backs reliever Silvino Bracho hit him with a pitch on June 26.

Story gets hit on the thumb

"Naturally, you're going to feel better the more your hand heals," Story said. "But I was good enough to play, and I felt like I was putting a good swing on it but just didn't have the results. The more time I got, the better I felt."

After resting one game following the plunking, Story aggravated the injury in the following game when he was jammed on a groundout. He then missed four more starts -- pinch-hitting in the final game -- before returning to the lineup.

Story busted his slump in a hurry, with two homers on July 7, and now has homered in consecutive games against the Rays, leaving him one short of former Rockie Troy Tulowitzki's National League rookie shortstop record of 24 home runs.

He says he has kept the same approach at the plate since the injury, despite the noticeable difference in results.

"Nothing big at all, just trying to not miss my pitch, and the past two days, I didn't miss it," he said. "Nothing special, nothing different. Just the same approach, same swing. Trying to put a good swing on it."

Even during the lean times, manager Walt Weiss was not worried.

"He's putting together a lot of good at-bats," Weiss said. "There's a lot of life in that bat, a lot of thunder in that bat. So when he squares up, he hits it hard."

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.