Rockies sweep Giants behind Trevor Story’s historic three-home run night


Trevor Story became a Coors Field legend Wednesday night.

In the middle of a hot pennant race, when a mere mortal’s palms can get sweaty and he might hold the bat too tightly, the Rockies’ all-star shortstop hit three titanic home runs in Colorado’s 5-3 victory over San Francisco.

One of those home runs traveled farther than any other home run in Coors Field history. That dates to 1995 when the ballpark in LoDo saw its first pitch. Combined, Story’s three home runs traveled an estimated 1,380 feet (or 460 yards).

Colorado’s dramatic win gave it a three-game sweep of the Giants, was its fifth consecutive victory and increased its lead in the National League West to 1½ games over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost 7-3 to the New York Mets on Wednesday. Third-place Arizona, which was idle, trails the Rockies by two games.

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In his first-inning at-bat, Story swung so hard he lost his balance and fell on his backside. No matter. He connected on a 2-2, 87.3 mph slider from San Francisco left-hander Andrew Suarez, sending it an estimated 459 feet. The ball hopped on the concourse beyond left field and ended up in the parking lot.

But Story’s tall tale was just beginning.

In the fourth, Story stayed firmly on his feet and drove Suarez’s 1-1, 92.2 MPH fastball 505 feet, surpassing the 504-foot blast by Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton on Aug. 6, 2016, off Chad Bettis. Story’s blast traveled over the left-field stands, landed on the concourse and short-hopped the (Todd) Helton Burger Shack.

For the record, the third-longest home run at Coors Field — one that many contend is still the longest ever hit here  — was a 496-foot moon shot by the Dodgers’ Mike Piazza on Sept. 26, 1997, off Darren Holmes, currently the Rockies’ bullpen coach.

According to Statcast, Story’s 505-foot home run is the longest in the majors since Statcast began projecting home runs in the 2015 season.

And still Story’s night was not finished. In the sixth, he slammed a 416-foot home run off Suarez, marking the 17th time a Rockies player hit three home runs in a game. It was the first time Story ever scored the hat trick.

Story has 31 home runs, tied with Nolan Arenado for most on the Rockies this season. Story is hitting .298.

Curtain calls don’t happen very often at Coors Field, but Story got his. With many in the announced crowd of 24,790 on their feet, Story emerged from the dugout and acknowledged the fans with a wave of his hand.

The shortstop came to the plate  looking for his fourth home run — something no Rockies player has ever done — but he struck out swinging against right-handed reliever Ray Black.

Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela wobbled but never toppled completely, pitching five innings, allowing three runs on nine hits. His best inning might have been his last, and it might have been his ugliest. Evan Longoria led off the fifth with a single, and Senzatela walked Brandon Belt. Big trouble loomed, but Senzatela struck out Austin Slater and Chris Shaw and then got Gorkys Hernandez to fly out to center.

Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon dodged a possibly severe injury in the third inning. He was standing between the on-deck circle and home plate, waiting for his turn at bat, when a foul ball off Senzatela’s bat drilled Blackmon in the batting helmet. Blackmon went down hard, but after he was checked out by assistant trainer Scott Gehret, Blackmon stayed in the game.

Lost in the dust of Story’s historic night was another big game from second baseman DJ LeMahieu. He batted 2-for-4 and had a triple in the first inning, then scored Colorado’s first run on Nolan Arenado’s sacrifice fly.

Adam Ottavino locked down the win with a perfect ninth inning, notching his sixth save. Colorado pitchers retired the last 15 Giants who came to the plate.

The Rockies, who finished the season with an 8-1 record vs. the Giants at Coors Field, are off Thursday. They open a crucial three-game series against the Dodgers on Friday night at Coors.

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