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J.D. Martinez made history on Monday night, becoming just the 18th player to hit four home runs in a single game.
Martinez is the first player to accomplish the feat for the Diamondbacks, and it came at a time when Arizona is on one of the hottest stretches of the season, winning their past 11 games and leading the NL Wild Card race.
To put the accomplishment in perspective, hitting four home runs in one game happens less often than a perfect game. You can watch his fourth homer below, courtesy of MLB.
— MLB (@MLB) September 5,2017
Martinez opened up his great night at the plate with a home run in the fourth inning, followed by subsequent bombs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth, leading the Diamondbacks to a 13-0 win over division rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are on pace to reach 100 wins this season.
As Ryan Spaeder reports, he’s the first batter to hit four home runs off four different pitchers in a single game in over 60 years.
#Dbacks J.D. Martinez is the first player to homer off four different pitchers in a game since Joe Adcock on July 31, 1954.
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) September 5, 2017
Martinez has shown to be a great investment for Arizona. Brought in just before the trade deadline as a reliable bat that the Diamondbacks could count on in a playoff push, Martinez has delivered on that promise so far.
While Arizona won’t be able to catch the Dodgers for the divisional title this year, if they can survive a one-game Wild Card playoff, they stand a chance to do real damage in the postseason. Despite the Dodgers league-leading record of 92-45, the Diamondbacks have split the season series with them so far 5-5, and have won their past four games against Los Angeles. Additionally, while Arizona has won 11 straight, the Dodgers currently find themselves in something of a tailspin, winning just one of thier previous 10.
The potential playoff series continues on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.