If you were wondering how J.D. Martinez would bounce back after sustaining an injury to his hand in his first game for the Diamondbacks, well wonder no more. He blasted not one (video here), but two home runs (video here) today against the Braves and drove in four of the D-backs’ ten runs. It was a good old-fashioned blowout.
As impressive as Martinez was today, the rookie Ketel Marte had quite a nice day himself. In the bottom of the 3rd inning he popped a two-run, inside-the-park home run and he did it standing up. It’s worth a look so click here to check it out. Marte also had a double in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Patrick Corbin had plenty of run support and pitched a decent game today. He got into trouble early in the first inning, giving up a run on a single, a double and a walk, but managed to get out of the inning with no further damage. He lost control again in the top of the 4th inning, walking two, hitting a batter and allowing a single. He escaped that inning by giving up one run and left the bases loaded.
Once Corbin left the game, the bullpen had no troubles holding the lead.
Stats that matter
- Big day by J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 2 HR
- Ketel Marte had a nice breakout game – 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, inside-the-park HR, 2B
- Corbin had a bumpy ride but didn’t let things get away from him – 6.0 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 4 BB, 5 K, 113 pitches
- Paul Goldschmidt is getting his game back on track – 2-for-2, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 2B
This was a good win by the D-backs but it’s also one they really needed as they head out on the road for a nine-game road trip before they come home to face the Dodgers, Cubs and Astros. This upcoming month is going to really test the mettle of this team.
The Diamondbacks head to St. Louis on Thursday for a four-game series against the Cardinals. Game time is 4:15 pm MT as Zack Godley (3-4, 3.32 ERA) gets the start for the Snakes.