DENVER (AP) — Trevor Story hit a grand slam to cap a seven-run fourth inning, letting loose a shout to his dugout and a big bat flip, and the Colorado Rockies overcame two solo home runs by Bryce Harper to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 12-2 on Sunday.
Story hit his third career slam and second home run on a 2-2 curveball from Dave Hale, sending the ball 433 feet into the left-field seats. Story did not hit his first home run of the season until Friday, in his 68th at-bat.
“A lot of emotion for sure. It was fun to let it out there,” Story said of his shout as he ran to first. “It was kind of a turning point in the game, could have turned the game, and it did. I knew I got that one. When you do well it’s exciting. That’s really the true feeling of it.”
Manager Bud Black said Story has been putting a lot of pressure on himself to do more for a team expected to finish last in the NL West.
“There’s a part of me that thinks that he thinks has to do more than what he needs to do, sort of carry the team at times,” Black said. “I tell him he doesn’t need to, he just needs to be Trevor Story. That was jubilation. You could tell by the bat flip, you could tell the way he looked at the dugout. We all knew he got it. That ball was hit hard.”
Harper hit a 430-foot drive to right-center in the first and a 468-foot drive that landed on the second deck above Philadelphia’s bullpen beyond right-center in the third, both off Jon Gray (3-1). Harper, who has six homers, also threw out C.J. Cron at the plate from right field in the second inning trying to score on Dom Nunez’s single, which preserved a 1-0 lead.
“Once I fielded it, I saw the third base coach wave him around,” Harper said. “Knowing the speed of Cronm thought I had an opportunity to make a throw right there. I was lucky enough have J.T….