Story went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to Atlanta. Story launched his first home run for his new team 26 games into the season. The second baseman's season-opening slump still hangs over the Red Sox, but a 3-for-9 stretch with a homer and four RBI over the last two games is an encouraging sign. He's had a few starts and stops with respect to the slump, but Story's relief was evident in his first laundry cart ride of the season.
Story batted sixth and went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's 9-4 win over Atlanta. Story was dropped to sixth in the order amid a 1-for-16 slump that's included 10 strikeouts and ornery fans at Fenway Park. It was the second time within the last week he's been dropped, and it appeared to help. Story padded Boston's two-run lead in the ninth inning when he laced a two-run single with the bases loaded -- the latest sign the second baseman's bat may be emerging from a season-opening slumber. "Good at-bats, good swing, good path. It's just one of those, he had the bases loaded at the end," Red Sox manager Alex Cora told Christopher Smith of MassLive.com. "Like I said before, that's the nature of the game. But I think overall, a lot of good at-bats." Story is one of several struggling hitters on a team that entered Tuesday's contest averaging 3.3 runs per game.
Story batted second and went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Friday's 4-2 loss to the White Sox. Story, who had been leading off, was dropped to the two hole following a four-strikeout effort Thursday. That happened as it looked like Story was climbing out of an early-season slump. The second baseman is slashing .212/.292/.294 through 22 games (96 plate appearances).
Story went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Thursday's 8-0 loss to the Angels. Story built momentum over the previous three games but Shohei Ohtani put an end to that, handing the second baseman a golden sombrero. The Fenway faithful let Story know they were not pleased with the performance, per Christopher Smith of MassLive.com, but his teammates and manager have his back. Story is batting .210 with a .293 OBP, .296 SLG and .589 OPS over 21 games. He's still seeking his first home run.
Story went 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI in Wednesday's 10-5 extra-inning loss to the Angels. Well before Boston's bullpen melted down in the final two innings, Story was the "story" for the Red Sox. He's struggled since Opening Day but has shown recent signs he may be turning the corner at the plate. He had a two-hit game Saturday in Baltimore followed by a three-walk effort Sunday. "That was a big day for me, the three walks," Story told Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com. "When I can control the strike zone like that and make decisions like that, good things are going to come. I've felt that way for the past week and it has been nice. I know I'm pretty close." Perhaps signing late in spring training has led to a slow start. Story has yet to homer and has a career-high 28.4 K%.