Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Story adds to his legend

DENVER — Rookie Trevor Story kept reporters milling around his locker for about an hour Sunday while doing what a team spokesman described as his first big "monster workout" in a week.

So, he hit seven homers in his first six major-league games without pumping any real iron.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound shortstop capped his amazing first week in the majors by hitting his seventh home run Sunday and helping the Rockies beat the Padres 6-3.

"It has been fun so far," a winded Story, 23, said.

Story's homer was one of five solo shots by the Rockies. Carlos Gonzalez went deep twice and Nolan Arenado and Ryan Raburn also connected for Colorado, which salvaged the finale of its three-game series.

Story, whose home run streak ended Friday night after he had become the first player to homer in his first four career games, sent Brandon Maurer's pitch 425 feet into the leftfield bleachers leading off the bottom of the eighth. He's the first player to hit seven homers through his team's first six games.

Story isn't your typical buffed slugger with six-pack abs and bulging biceps. He generates his bat speed with a strong core and terrific technique honed through five minor-league seasons.

"He uses his lower half well. That's usually where it comes from," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. "The guys that hit from the ground up tend to have more power, and that's what he does very well. He really uses his backside. Yeah, that's where he generates. He's a strong kid."

Rockies starter Chad Bettis retired 13 straight batters at one point, a streak that ended with Alexei Ramirez's single in the seventh. Ramirez was thrown out trying to steal on the next pitch by rookie catcher Tony Wolters, who also picked up his first major-league hit.

San Diego had scored a franchise record 29 runs over the first two games at Coors Field.

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