Photo: J.D. Martinez Grand Slam
In the top of the third inning with Houston leading 1-0. San Franciso Giant pitcher Barry Zito walked the bases loaded for Martinez. On a 0 and 1 count Zito throw an 84mph fastball; which Martinez rocketed over the left field fence for his first ever career grand slam. The grand slam for Martinez snapped a 0 for 12 slump.
After the game Martinez told mlb.com, “He ( Barry Zito) was making some mistakes and falling behind and walking guys, and I was going up there aggressive because I knew he had to give me something to hit,” Martinez said. “That’s the kind of mindset I went up there with, was be aggressive. I didn’t care he walked three guys. I had to be aggressive and if I got a pitch, I was going to go for it.”
Martinez was draft by Houston in 2009 in the 20th round. On July 30, 2011, Martinez was called up to replace Hunter Pence, who was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. Martinez is currently hitting .227 with 7 homeruns and 37 rbis.
Written by HS News Sports Writer: Tim Horodyski