Dodgers Give up Four Homers to J.D. Martinez

LA Dodgers

It is very safe to say that the recent two week stretch for the Los Angeles Dodgers has been their toughest of the year. They have lost nine of their last 11 games. Their division title is hardly in jeopardy because of the huge lead they have compiled. However, Dodger fans are upset because the wheels seem to be falling off the team when the playoffs are only one month away. The Dodgers continued their losing ways when they began a home stand against Arizona on Monday. The Diamondbacks destroyed Los Angeles by a score of 13-0. However, the big news of the night was made by Arizona outfielder J.D. Martinez. He made headlines by becoming just the 18th player in the history of Major League Baseball to hit four home runs in a single game.

Interestingly, the feat of hitting four homers in a game was also accomplished earlier this year on June 6th by Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds. Prior to Gennett's historic game in June, the last National League player to hit four home runs in a single game was Shawn Green of the Dodgers on May 23, 2002. The four home runs for Martinez raises his season total to 34. He was traded from the Tigers earlier this year. He has clobbered 18 home runs since he became a member of the Diamondbacks. He has obviously been everything that Arizona hoped he would be.

Dodger starting pitcher Rich Hill had a very good game. He was definitely not the reason why the Dodgers were blown out. Hill pitched six innings and only gave up a pair of earned runs on two hits and one walk. Hill also gave up the first of the four Martinez home runs. On the other hand, Pedro Baez had a disastrous outing where he surrendered four earned runs without retiring a single Arizona batter. Wilmer Font also gave up four earned runs in the game. However, Font was at least able to retire three hitters.

On the winning side, Arizona starting pitcher Robbie Ray continued his brilliant 2017 season by coming just one out short of pitching eight innings and not allowing any runs. He also walked none, struck out 14 and only gave up three hits. His earned run average dropped to a stellar 2.80 for the season. Ray has finally developed into the pitcher Arizona hoped he would become.