In the century and a half of baseball history that has elapsed so far, only 18 players have ever managed to hit four home runs in a single game. Arizona Diamondbacks slugger J.D. Martinez added his name to the very exclusive list on Monday night by belting out four round trippers against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He got the party started with a big bomb off L.A. starter Rich Hill, before going on to victimize relievers Pedro Baez, Josh Fields, and Wilmer Font. He showed off his versatility by dropping two of his dingers into the opposite field.
Just watch this impressive display:
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Even though only 18 players have ever hit four home runs in a single game, Martinez isn’t even the first to do it this season. Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds hit four homers in a 13-1 win over the Cardinals back in June.
Martinez finished the night 4-for-5 with six RBIs. That’s a pretty solid game. Afterwards, he told the media that he wished that game would never end.
“It’s one of those days where you don’t want the game to end,” Martinez said, according to Brad Galli of WXYZ Detroit ABC TV. “You just want it to keep going.”
Martinez started his career with the Houston Astros, but didn’t really catch on until he was a member of the Detroit Tigers from 2014-17. He was traded to Arizona in July when the Tigers decided to be sellers and the Diamondbacks committed to making a World Series push. They may be 12.5 games behind the incredible Dodgers in the NL West, but they are firmly in possession of the first NL Wild Card spot going into the final month of the regular season.