Who’s Swinging the Lumber? J.D. Martinez among top hitters in the AL

Sam Cohn
August 13, 2019 - 2:39 pm

The Red Sox lost their third straight game on Monday night, falling further in the AL wild card standings and continuing to struggle late in games, but amidst the hardship J.D. Martinez continues to find success at the plate.

Trailing 5-1 in the top of the fourth inning, Martinez hit his 28th home run of the season 391 feet to left field. Earlier in the game, he had singled to left before scoring the first run thanks to an Andrew Benintendi double. Martinez also intentionally walked with the game tied 5-5 in the top of the ninth. Boston would ultimately lose 6-5 on a walk-off homer from Carlos Santana. 

Martinez’s 28 homers have him tied for seventh in the American League. He’s also seventh in the AL in hits with 137 and sixth in batting average at .310. The Red Sox are scratching to stay afloat just three games above .500, but hitting hasn’t been the problem.

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