Rockies' Story blasts way into history books

Club's No. 11 prospect belts two home runs in his Opening Day debut

Trevor Story belts a three-run homer for his first big league hit Monday night in Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

By Tyler Maun / | April 5, 2016 2:06 AM

Save the puns. They won't do Trevor Story's big league debut justice.

The Rockies' No. 11 prospect arrived on the game's biggest stage in an historic way, blasting home runs off D-backs ace Zack Greinke for the first two hits of his Major League career in Colorado's 10-5 Opening Day win over Arizona.

Story kick-started the Rockies' eruption in the top of the third inning. With the game level at 1-1, the 2011 supplemental first-round pick rocketed a three-run homer the other way to right field to stake the Rockies to their first lead as part of a six-run frame.

One inning later, the 23-year-old did it again. Story blasted a towering solo shot to left in the fourth to give Colorado a 7-1 lead. Story became the first player in Major League history to homer twice while making his big league debut on Opening Day.

After four innings, the Rockies chased Greinke, who signed a $206.5-million contract with the D-backs over the offseason.

Story might have had a three-hit day, if not for a leaping catch by Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed to rob his counterpart of a knock in the eighth. The Texas native later made a diving catch to rob the D-backs' Welington Castillo of a base hit in the seventh.

After trading away franchise cornerstone Troy Tulowitzki last July, Story beat out Colorado's No. 28 prospect Cristhian Adames for the starting shortstop job in Spring Training. Over 20 Cactus League games, Story batted .340/.407/.792 with six home runs and 13 RBIs and earned the nod with some prescient words from his manager.

"I sat down, and Walt said, 'You got any video on Greinke?'" Story told last week. "I said, 'I've watched him pitch a lot.'

"Then he goes, 'Well, you're going to be facing him there in a few days.' We were all sitting down. We were all smiles. Then we hugged after."

No. 15 Rockies prospect Miguel Castro got the final three outs for his team in the ninth.

Tyler Maun is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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