This Labor Day, the Diamondbacks threw off the shackles of the bourgeoisie Dodgers for their 11th straight win. J.D. Martinez tied a Major League single game record, and Robbie Ray got a career high in strikeouts and was about halfway to perfection. All against LA in their park.
Also Paul Goldschmidt wasn’t in the lineup, which makes it extra hilarious.
Let’s jump into the details.
Kristopher Negrón got the first hit for either team to lead off the 4th with a single. It was also his first hit as a Diamondback, so that’s nice. Even more nice was two batters later J.D. Martinez hitting his 31st dinger of the year to make it 2-0, his 15th with the Diamondbacks.
Ray was perfect through five, but gave up a leadoff single to Logan Forsythe to lead off the 6th. Robbie, thoroughly unfazed, struck out the next three.
Rich Hill, after a pretty good start of his own, gave way to Pedro Baez in the 6th. J.D. hit ANOTHER bomb, and it was a no doubter, especially for heavy air Dodger Stadium. It made it 3-0.
Faster than you can type that last sentence, Brandon Drury hit a dinger of his own to make it 4-0! Baez gave up back to back singles to Jake Lamb and Adam Rosales, and that was the end of his night. Edward Paredes came in to face Chris Hermann, and Chris singled to load the bases. Robbie Ray continued his amazing day with a two-run single off of Cody Bellinger’s glove to make it 6-0.
In the 8th J.D. hit his third homer of the game. Ho hum. The usual. After Jake Lamb got on, Adam Rosales got an oppo boppo taco to make it 9-0.
Robbie Ray left with two outs in the 8th. His line: 7.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, a career high 14 K, and 0 Walks. Pretty good, imo.
Because you never let up, A.J. Pollock hit a two-run single in the 9th off of Wilmer Font for an 11-0 lead. This let J.D. Martinez get another at-bat, and he became the first Diamondback ever to hit four homers in a game, the 18th in Major League history, the second this year after “Grown ass man who goes by” Scooter Gennett did it earlier this year.
Needless to say, the Diamondbacks won.
Here are all four of J.D’s dingers in convenient video form.
You can probably guess who the top two WPA contributors were without me posting it here.
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Zack Greinke starts tomorrow as the Diamondbacks go for 12 straight. If the Diamondbacks win another game this series, they will win the season series against the Dodgers. And they said it couldn’t be done.