Have a weekend, Trevor Story.
Despite the Rockies’ loss on Saturday, the All-Star shortstop hit a pair of two-run bombs to account for all of Colorado’s runs. A similar story unfolded on Sunday as Story launched a three-run homer to lift the Rockies to a 5-4 win and break their four-game losing streak.
But, Colorado did take extra innings to finally beat the Brewers due to terrible pitching and defense in the ninth inning, allowing Milwaukee to tie the game up 4-4. Luckily for the Rockies, Nolan Arenado’s monster home run finished off the Brewers in the 11th inning.
Like most games on the losing streak, Milwaukee started out ahead, up 1-0 after the second inning. Jon Gray threw his worst pitch of the afternoon that inning, giving up a home run to Travis Shaw which went into center field.
For the Brewers, starting pitcher Wade Miley was on his game, cruising into the fifth inning before Story turned on a hanging curveball and crushed it out of the park. DJ LeMahieu doubled and Nolan Arenado walked before the homer, giving Colorado the 3-1 lead mid-way through the fifth.
It was a similar situation in the sixth, as two runners reached — and one even made it to third base — but Gray worked through it with the help of Nolan Arenado’s amazing glove and arm.
Gray was on his game throughout, disallowing any damage after two batters reached in the fifth, and he finished with a line of 8.0 IP, giving up four hits and one run while striking out eight and walking two. He was simply phenomenal and has been since he was called back up from Triple-A Albuquerque.
In the ninth, Story came through again, hitting a two-out single to score LeMaheiu and push the lead to 4-1, Rockies.
But hold on a minute. The game wasn’t over yet as Adam Ottavino came in to pitch the ninth and allowed three runs to tie the game up at 4-4 and go into extras. In that ninth inning, Ottavino threw two wild pitches and there was a catcher interference call on Tom Murphy, as well as a double hit by the Brewers to tie the game up.
Arenado came through in the clutch in the 11th after neither team could score in the 10th, winning the game for the Rockies. Even the 11th didn’t end without craziness; Seun-Hwan Oh found a way to catch a tough throw from Trevor Story to end the game on a double play.
For Story it was the third straight game with a home run, tying his second-longest streak in his career per Rockies PR. He also was responsible for all eight runs the last two days and nine of the last 11 runs for Colorado.
For Colorado, it was a huge win, breaking a lengthy four-game losing streak. The Rockies improved to 59-52, now 2.5 games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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