DENVER – For as complicated and unusual as the 2018 Colorado Rockies season has been, a simple formula has emerged for them to find their way to the first division title in franchise history.

The pitching needs to stay right where it is and somebody—anybody—on the offense needs to play like a star down the stretch. On Monday, in a Labor Day afternoon contest against the San Francisco Giants and ace Madison Bumgarner, that man was Trevor Story.

The third-year shortstop drove in five runs and a set a new career high for round-trippers, powering his club to a game that on paper they should not have won. Starter Tyler Anderson did his part to keep his club in the game. The bullpen faltered, blowing a big lead, but the much-maligned offense bailed them out late, resulting in a 9-8 win.

The Rockies wasted no time getting after the World Series MVP, jumping all over him in the first.

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Drew Creasman

Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.