Rockies slug their way to series victory versus Giants

Aug 4, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) celebrates two-run home run with third base coach Stu Cole (39) in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants Sunday at Coors Field, 6-2 to solidify a series victory.

Ahead are takeaways from the win.

Rockies’ finally best Giants

Sunday’s victory solidified the Rockies’ first series win versus the Giants at Coors Field this season.

Colorado entered the day’s ballgame versus the Giants with a 5-10 record, with just two of the wins coming at 20th and Blake.

The Rockies poor play versus the Giants is indicative of their struggles as a club this season. The Rockies owned the Giants in 2017-18, posting a 17-2 record over that span.

Additionally, Sunday’s affair was the last game Giants’ skipper Bruce Bochy will manage at Coors Field as he is set to retire following the completion of the season.

Bochy leaves Coors Field having managed over 200 games.

Story showcases his talents

Trevor Story has emerged as a top-tier shortstop around Major League Baseball this season for his power stroke at the plate and defensive mastery in the field.

Both of Story’s talents were on display in the Rockies’ game Sunday afternoon versus the San Francisco Giants.

After Charlie Blackmon started the bottom of the first inning with a double, Stroy quickly provided the Rockies with a lead by crushing a two-run home run to left-center field.

Story’s home run was his fifth in a row against the Giants. Story now owns the franchise record for the most consecutive game with a home run against the Giants, surpassing Andres Galarraga’s streak of four games against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1996 season.

Stroy joins Mike Schmidt and Rogers Hornsby as the only players to homer in five consecutive games versus San Francisco.

Story has blasted 17 home runs against the Giants since 2017 which are tied for the most home runs by a National League player against any single club in that span.

While Story had an impact in the batter’s box, he also made the highlight reel in the field.

With the Rockies leading 5-2 in the top of the fourth inning, Story made a spectacular diving play and throw to gun down Evan Longoria.

Story has yet to win a Gold Glove award, but he could capture his first in 2019 given his stellar performance at shortstop.

Freeland battles

The 2019 season has been a far cry from Kyle Freeland’s dominant 2018 tour.

Freeland has struggled throughout a majority of the season, pitching to an earned run average over seven.

Freeland spent part of this season in Triple-A with the Albuquerque Isotopes and rejoined the Major League club following the All-Star break.

Freeland has looked sharp in spurts since his return but has also sputtered more than once.

That said, Freeland managed to put forth a solid overall outing versus the Giants Sunday afternoon at Coors Field.

Things did not start off great for Freeland as he coughed up a solo home run to Donovan Solano to start the game.

Solano tagged Freeland for another home run in the third inning; however, the two solo shots were the two lone runs San Francisco scored versus Freeland.

The Colorado native departed after five innings, allowing two runs on five hits while punching out five batters.

Arenado goes yard twice

Rockies’ third baseman Nolan Arenado endured one of the worst statistical months of his career in July of this season, but he has since turned the page in August.

Arenado helped push the Rockies to a series victory versus the Giants by cranking a pair of home runs.

Arenado’s first home run came in the bottom half of the first inning. After Trevor Story crushed a home run, Arenado followed with one of his own to add some insurance to Colorado’s early lead:

Arenado’s second blast came in the fifth inning where he crushed a solo home run to center field:

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