Arizona Diamondbacks win 11 straight behind J.D. Martinez’s four HR
By Trisha Garcia
J.D. Martinez and Robbie Ray want there to be no mistake that the Arizona Diamondbacks are one of the hottest teams in baseball.
The Arizona Diamondbacks 11th straight win and 13-0 shutout victory over the Dodgers included a dominant performance by Robbie Ray and a laser show by J.D. Martinez.
Robbie Ray started the game off with five perfect innings before Logan Forsythe ended it with a leadoff single in the sixth. But, Ray still earned a career high 14 strikeouts in 7.2 innings.
Ray has 53 strikeouts against the Dodgers this season, as the Diamondbacks moved to a 9-8 record against their N.L. rivals. The Diamondbacks have outscored the Dodgers 94-69 this season, while also winning in four straight games.
The three hits the Dodgers earned against Ray were the only three hits they earned in the entire game.
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Hitting was not a problem for the Diamondbacks, even with Paul Goldschmidt out of the lineup. The team earned a total of 13 runs on 14 hits, but the real story was J.D. Martinez.
After striking out in the second inning, Martinez hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. He led off the seventh inning with a solo home run.
In perhaps the strangest strategy of the season, the Dodgers decided to continue to pitch to him only to give up two more home runs in the eighth and ninth innings.
Martinez became the 18th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in one game, joining Scooter Gannet as the only players to do it in 2017. He is also the only one to ever do it in a Diamondbacks jersey.
If that isn’t enough to convince you that the Diamondbacks won the trade deadline, Martinez is the first player to hit a home run in the seventh, eighth and ninth inning of the same game in modern history.
He started the day off with 30 home runs this season, but now has 34 – 18 with the Arizona Diamondbacks since July 19.
Both teams will face off in L.A. again tomorrow with Zack Greinke taking the mound against Hyun-Jin Ryu.
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