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D’Backs Slugger JD Martinez Goes Deep Four Times Against Dodgers

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Last night was a historic one in LA to say the least, as Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder JD Martinez went deep four times in his team’s 13-0 crushing of the Dodgers.

Arizona’s win marked their 11th in a row. Only the Cleveland Indians (12, active) have a longer winning streak in baseball this season.

Martinez’s 4 for 5, 6 RBI performance marked the 18th four-home run game in Major League history, 16th in the modern era (since 1900), and second this year (Scooter Gennett, June 6).

This is the second time that MLB has seen multiple four-home run games in a season. Mike Cameron and Shawn Green accomplished the rare feat in 2002.

Each home run for Martinez came in consecutive at-bats off a different pitcher. He took starter Rich Hill deep for a two-run shot in the fourth, hit solo dingers in the seventh and eighth off Pedro Baez and Josh Fields, respectively, and finished the feat with a two-run blast off Wilmer Font in the ninth.

Take a look at all four:

Two solo dingers sandwiched between two two-run dingers. Not too shabby!

Here are some notable facts about Martinez’s monster game, per ESPN Stats & Info:

The D’Backs are also now the only franchise in MLB with a perfect game, 20-strikeout game, and four-home run game. The first two are courtesy of a man named Randy Johnson—you may have heard of him.

Martinez, 30, was acquired by the D’Backs from the Detroit Tigers on July 18. In 40 games with Arizona, he’s hitting .257/.337/.688 with 18 homers and 40 RBIs. Overall on the year, he carries a .285/.367/.645 slash line with 34 homers and 79 RBIs.

With a record of 80-58, Arizona leads their division rival Colorado Rockies by 6.5 games for the top spot in the NL Wild Card race.

A Massachusetts native for life, Seth was born into the love for Boston Sports. He played baseball for eight years growing up and has always been an avid fan of MLB. Other than writing, some of his hobbies include biking, landscaping, dancing, moving furniture, playing basketball, and going to the batting cages. Seth aspires one day to be a PA announcer in the NBA.

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Dodgers Clayton Kershaw Not Looking Forward To Facing DBacks Zach Greinke

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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke is apparently pumped up to square off against his former teammate Clayton Kershaw when the Dbacks face off with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

Dodgers’ ace Kershaw isn’t as excited.

“I don’t really look forward to it,” Kershaw told the media (h/t ESPN). “You almost just try to block it out. It’s not fun to pitch to people that you know. I’m not good at separating that. I think I’m just going to have to really focus and think about it like he’s another guy, and then, the next day I can talk to him.

“Guys that you became pretty good buddies with, it’s not easy for me. I wouldn’t say I’m not looking forward to it, but I’m definitely going to have to block it out a little bit.”

Greinke signed a six-year, $206.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2016 after spending the previous 3 seasons with the Dodgers and teaming with Kershaw for a formidable rotation. Greinke and Kershaw combined for a 104-34 record with a 2.09 ERA and 1,327 strikeouts in 1,269 2/3 innings as Los Angeles went on to capture three NL West titles during that span.

“I’ve been wanting to face him, just to see how nasty he is,” Greinke said about the upcoming matchup. “… He does do everything as perfect as you would want your pitcher to do. Great mindset, great work ethic. I learned more about that than the actual pitching part of it. He’s pretty special.”

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