By Ben Leonard
What a story.
Jeff Samardzija showed Trevor Story that he was the real story to watch on Tuesday, hurling eight sturdy innings to lead the Giants to a 7-2 victory.
Story had been the story of the young baseball season, hitting seven home runs in his first six games, a record, but Samardzija dealt him his first hitless game in his MLB career. Talk about storylines. Okay, I’ll stop now.
Trevor Brown, not Story, was the star rookie hitter, launching two two-run homers in his first start after his magical homer to break up
Ross Stripling’s the Dodgers’ no-hitter. Sorry, Dave Roberts did that, not Brown.
According to ESPN, Brown is the first Giant since 1991 to have home runs all be his first three career hits. He gave the Giants insurance in the sixth and eighth innings with those shots, after the Giants were already up 3-2, which is holding on by the skin of your teeth at Coors Field. Weird things happen there.
But Samardzija assured Giants fans that no, nothing weird would happen Tuesday. His majestic hair fluttered and flowed in the wind, as he gracefully made quick work of a potent Rockies’ lineup, striking out five while walking just two. Colorado mustered just six hits against the Giants’ new $90 million man, scoring only on a double play in the second and an RBI single in the fifth.