Red Sox vs. Astros: J.D. Martinez's first ALCS homer comes off former teammate Justin Verlander
Martinez had just one postseason home run entering the night
Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez was one of the game's most productive batters in during the regular season. He hit .330/.402/.629 with 43 home runs and 130 runs batted in. Based on little more than that information, he seemed primed for a big postseason -- his first as a member of the Red Sox. Yet entering Thursday's Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, Martinez had hit just .200/.333/.267 with one extra-base hits over the first four games. Add in his ALDS against the New York Yankees, and he'd homered once in 37 plate appearances.
Martinez changed that early in Game 5, delivering a solo shot on a Justin Verlander hanger in the top of the third inning to put the Red Sox up 1-0:
There are a few fun ties to observe here. Martinez and Verlander were teammates with the Detroit Tigers, of course. And before that, Martinez was part of the Astros organization. Houston released him in March 2014, and the rest is history.
Much like that baseball.
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