1. Re-emergence of the long ball by Rockies shortstop Trevor Story.
Following his grand slam on Sunday, the third of his career, Story now has two home runs on the season with both round trippers coming against the Phillies.
His first home run of the season in the team’s come-from-behind 5-4 victory Friday night snapped the longest homerless streak of his career at 29 games, dating back to September of 2020.
With two hits in four at-bats Sunday, Story concluded the series with Philadelphia 5-for-11 at the plate (.455) with his two homers, a double, and six runs batted in.
For the homestand, he was 10-for-27 (.370) with two homers, three doubles, nine RBIs, and six runs scored.
His batting average now stands at .299 after hitting a meager .185 with just one RBI and one extra-base hit after six games this season.
2. C.J. Cron sees results at the plate.
Like Story, Cron is another Rockies player who had a tremendously slow start to the season but perhaps has turned his fortunes around with his performance against the Phillies.
On Sunday, Cron had his first four-hit game since May 23, 2019, when he was with the Minnesota Twins, with a 4-for-5 day including a two-run home run in the eighth inning.
Over his last 10 games, he is now hitting .371 (13-for-35) with a pair of doubles, three home runs, and 10 RBIs. One of the games during that span was a five-RBI night Tuesday during this homestand when he swatted his first homer of the year against the Houston Astros.
For the season, Cron is now batting .266 after seeing his average below .200 (.189) after the team’s winless six-game road swing earlier this season.