The uncharacteristic aspect of Storen's appearance on Thursday was the home runs he served up to Yuniesky Betancourt and Carlos Gomez. They became the first right-handed hitters to homer off Storen since the Braves' Dan Uggla on Aug. 1, 2011. In between, Storen appeared in 96 games and threw 86 1/3 innings, and this year he was holding righties to a .316 slugging percentage.
Johnson's frustration stemmed from the approach behind Betancourt's solo shot and Gomez's two-run blast.
"I have all the confidence in Storen, and Storen's trying to trick people instead of just making his pitches. But maybe that will be a good learning game," Johnson said.
Both homers came on offspeed pitches with two strikes. Storen left a 2-2 changeup up and in to Betancourt, and hung an 0-2 slider right down the middle to Gomez.
According to Johnson, that's not the sort of thing Storen was doing during a streak of nine consecutive scoreless outings that ended on Tuesday.
"By and large he was just keeping his two-seamer down and locating that," Johnson said. "Occasionally he'd throw a get-me-over curveball to a left-hander to get ahead, but by and large it was his fastball.
"Up until that point, he has a tendency to overpower and try to trick people. He doesn't have to trick people with that stuff. Like I said, hopefully he'll learn, because he shook off a bunch of times today to get to a hanging changeup and a hanging breaking ball."
Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Schad. Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @HitTheCutoff. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.