J.D. Martinez cements himself in Arizona Diamondbacks history
By Trisha Garcia
With four home runs in a single game, J.D. Martinez took over a few records in the Arizona Diamondbacks history books
The Arizona Diamondbacks shutout the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 13-0 victory, but the laser show J.D. Martinez put on was impressive for more than one reason.
In fact, the shutout victory over the Dodgers changed the record books in seven different ways.
The goose egg the Dodgers left on the board was a gift from Diamondbacks’ starter Robbie Ray.
It will tie two club records: largest margin of victory in a game and largest shutout victory in a game.
Both were set against the Atlanta Braves on May 20, 2006.
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For the first time in 11 years, the Arizona Diamondbacks beat a team by 13 runs and they shut them out in the process.
The Diamondbacks have now scored double-digit runs against the Dodgers three times this season. No other team has scored as many runs in a single game against the juggernaut.
But, J.D. Martinez will take over or tie four single-game batting records in the Diamondbacks’ history books.
As the first ever player in an Arizona Diamondbacks uniform to hit four home runs in a single game, Martinez also became the first player to ever do it at Dodger Stadium.
He also became the 18th player to ever hit four home runs in a game period, a feat more rare than a perfect game.
Martinez is also the third player to ever hit four home runs in a single game against four different pitchers.
“Flaco” will now take over the Diamondbacks record for most home runs in a single game.
It was previously held by Jason Kubel who hit three home runs against the Houston Astros on July 21, 2012, but it had been done eight other times before that.
However, Paul Goldschmidt became the most recent Diamondbacks player to hit three home runs in a game on August 3 against the Chicago Cubs.
The team as a whole tied the record for most home runs in a game (6).
Aside from Martinez’s four home runs, the Diamondbacks added two others from Brandon Drury and Adam Rosales to give the team a total of six.
It had been done four times before Monday night, most recently against the San Francisco Giants on May 19, 2010.
Martinez took over the record for most total bases in a game by an individual with 16 on Monday.
The record was previously held by Shea Hillenbrand who had 15 total bases in a game against the Colorado Rockies on July 7, 2003.
Hillenbrand was 5-for-5 in that game, with a single, a double and three home runs. The Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 14-6.
After striking out in his first at-bat on Monday, Martinez rounded the bases four times for 16 total bases. The team had 33 total bases, which fell short of the record (40) set against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001.
Martinez will also takeover the record for most consecutive at-bats hitting home runs. It was previously three from Steve Finley against the Milwaukee Brewers on September 8, 1999.
J.D. “Just Dingers” Martinez also tied the record for most extra-base hits in a game. The record (4) had been set five times in the past, but most recently by Stephen Drew against the Cardinals on September 1, 2008.
In 40 game with the Diamondbacks, Martinez has 18 home runs and 40 RBI’s. The Diamondbacks are 23-17 in that time frame.
If there was any doubt that the Diamondbacks won the trade deadline, Martinez erased it. He has become such a staple in the lineup that fans are already calling for the team to resign him, even if it takes a GoFundMe to pay for his contract.
It’s unlikely the Dodgers will make the mistake of pitching to him in Tuesday’s matchup.
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