BALTIMORE – J.D. Martinez arrived at a milestone that further solidified his place as one of the foremost power hitters in the game. In the top of the first inning, Martinez blasted a first-pitch fastball from Orioles righthander David Hess over the fence in dead-center at Camden Yards, a 416-foot blast. It was the 200th round-tripper of Martinez’s career.
Martinez reached that plateau in his 957th career game, making him the seventh-fastest active big leaguer to reach 200 homers. Only Giancarlo Stanton, Albert Pujols, Chris Davis, Ryan Braun, Mike Trout, and Khris Davis arrived at the power-hitting landmark faster. Of course, Martinez reinvented himself as a hitter three years into his big league season; 176 of his 200 homers have come in 705 games since the start of the 2014 season.
The launch by Martinez ended a stretch of 15 straight games without a homer by Martinez – his longest drought since his hitting transformation after the 2013 season.