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Monday, April 18, 2016

Rockie Horror Story - An Epic Trevor Story Tale

Rookie Rockie sensation Trevor Story belted his league leading eighth home run to break a tie and send the Reds under .500 for the first time in the Rockies' 5-1 win over the bullpen challenged Reds.

Story, who started his career with seven home runs in his first six games, added to several unprecedented feats (see Just Epic below) with a 400 opposite field drive of veteran Ross Ohlendorf to send the Reds and the pitcher to its second straight loss.

Ohlendorf was saddled with the loss to St. Louis on Sunday, when an eighth inning walk came around to score on a two-out double.

"We have to get these guys (bullpen) felling good about what they're doing," Bryan Price said.  "Pitching is like hitting is contagious.  We have a lot of ambiguity in our bullpen.  The only defined role is Hoover's, the closer.  We're just not there yet."

Dan Straily looked sharp in his first Reds' start.  He allowed a single to Nolan Arenado to open the second and walked Ben Paulson, the next hitter.  Brandon Barnes bunted them into scoring position,.  Arenado scored on a ground out by Cristhian Adames.

"My goal was to get strike one and stay ahead of the hitters.  That's the only way I could go deep in the game and limit my pitches," Straily said.

The Reds did little with starter Jordan Lyles, who had two starts in which he lost focus mid-way into the games.  He had a 11.35 ERA, allowing 10 earned runs in eight innings.

Tucker Barnhart singled to open the third but was stranded.  Jay Bruce led off the fifth with a double into the left centerfield gap and was thrown out at third, trying for a triple.

Caleb Cotham relieved Strailey, who finished five innings.  Straily was moved into the starting rotation pushing Tim Melville to the bullpen.  The move allowed Alfredo Simon and Raisel Iglesias another day of rest.

Straily allowed one run on two hits and two walks. He struck out four.

The Reds caught a break they were looking for on a seemingly frustrating offensive night.  Cozart ripped a short one hopper that ate up shortstop Story with the bases empty and two outs in the sixth.  The hit extended Cozart's season opening hitting streak to nine games.  Jordan Pacheco burned his old teammates with a screamer down the leftfield line for a double.  Gerardo Parra, appearing in his 1,000th game dug it out of the corner as Billy Hatcher held Cozart at third.  Parra's throw missed Story the relay man on the play and the ball scooted away far enough for Cozart to score the tying run.  The Rockies walked Joey Votto intentionally and got Brandon Phillips on a force play.

The Rockies added on against Ohlendorf.and Jumbo Diaz.  Carlos Gonzalez singled.  Ohlendorf walked Arenado.  Bryan Price brought in Diaz to continue a despicable habit of giving up big firsr-pitch home runs to let a game slip away.  Ben Paulsen hit his first home run of the season to turn a 2-1 game into a 5-1 game.

"I feel like I'm throwing the ball well," Ohlendorf said.  "The results haven't been good but if I keep on throwing like this the results will get batter."

Diaz gave up a three-run home run to Addison Russell to turn a lead into losing deficit last Monday in Chicago.  On the Reds' first home stand, J.J. Hoover served up a grand slam to Starling Marte to erase a three-run Reds' lead on April 8.

Story hit one in spring training off Reds' pitching against Stephen Johnson..


• Trevor Story won National League Player
of the Week honors for the first week of
the season (April 4-10) … joined Fernando
Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers as the
only National League rookies to be named the
Player of the Week for the first week of the
season since the award’s inception in 1974.
• After cracking seven homers and two triples
over his first eight games, collected his first
double Saturday at Chicago in his 11th game.
• Story has hit safely in 10 of his first 12 games,
scoring a run in eight contests.
• Wednesday, Story’s two triples tied a franchise
high for a single game (22 times, last: Corey
Dickerson, Sept. 19, 2013 vs. St. Louis) … fifth
time a Rockies rookie accomplished the feat
(last: Corey Dickerson, Sept. 19th vs. St. Louis).
• Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the first National
League player to hit two home runs in his debut
(sixth player overall), and the first player to hit
two homers in his debut on Opening Day.
• The first player in MLB history to hit seven
home runs over his first six games and he is the
first player, rookie or not, to hit seven home
runs over his team’s first six games of a season
… the first rookie who ever hit seven homers
over a six-game span at any point of a season.
• Only Major League player in history to hit home
runs in his first four career games.
• Story is also the only player in MLB history to
record six home runs in his team’s first four
games and the first player in history to record
two games with multiple home runs within his
first four career games … first Major Leaguer,
rookie or not, to hit six home runs over his first
four games of a particular season.
• The first player in Major League history to hit
home runs as his first four career hits.
• Home runs in his first four consecutive games
is the longest streak with a homer to begin a
season in Rockies franchise history (previous:
Charles Johnson, three-straight games with a
home run to begin the 2004 season) and tied
for the longest streak in Major League history
(also: Chris Davis, 2013; Nelson Cruz, 2011;
Mark McGwire, 1998; Willie Mays, 1971).
• The second shortstop in Major League history
to record two home runs in his Major League
debut (also: Bert Campaneris with the Kansas
City Athletics, July 23, 1964 at Minnesota

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