It was a noteworthy home run type a day at Coors Field on Sunday afternoon as the Colorado Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-2.
The five combined homers by the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants all carried some bit of significance so here is a quick rundown.
Trevor Story hit his 25th home run off the season in the first inning off Tyler Beede. He has now homered in three straight games and in five consecutive games against the Giants, which is tied for the longest home run streak against any single opponent in franchise history. Former Rockies’ all-time great Andres Galarraga did it way back in 1996 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Story joins Hall of Famers Rogers Hornsby and Mike Schmidt as the only other players to accomplish this feat off the Giants.
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Also, Story’s home run gives him 17 against the San Francisco Giants since 2017. That is the most of any NL player verses any opponent during that span. Christian Yelich is second with 16 homers against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Two batters later in the first, Nolan Arenado hit his 23rd home run of the season but his first since July 20 at the New York Yankees, a span of 15 games and 47 at-bats without a long ball. Then in the fifth, he hit his second of game for the 18th multi-homer game of his career.
Not to be outdone by Story, Nolan’s dingers adds up to 28 career home runs against the Giants, which is more than any active player in the Majors. Only Todd Helton has more with 29 in franchise history.
For the Giants, leadoff hitter Donovan Solano‘s two home runs in his first two at-bats also had some significance. Entering the game, Solano had only 11 career home runs in 1,201 at bats. Even more remarkable, Sunday was his second multi-homer game of his career. Both home runs were off Kyle Freeland, who now has given up 22 on the season but earned his first win since April 18.
To pour a little more salt in the wound, Solano is 9-for-18 with three home runs at Coors Field this year. Entering the season, his career high for home runs for a season was three.
These are some noteworthy facts to share Monday at the water cooler. Most importantly, the Rockies head into an off day with a win and their first series victory since the middle of July.