For the fifth time in the last six games, Jose Martinez left the yard as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 on Monday night.
“We’re actually not trying to do it, we’re just trying to put the ball in play,” said Martinez. “Just go out there and try to make good contact and when the ball goes out, it goes out. Not trying to do too much every time and just trying to help the team win.”
This was the 10th three-hit game of the season for Martinez, which is tops in the National League and he extended his hitting streak to nine games (17-32, .531).
“When those moments come to you–when actually everything’s falling in and everything’s feeling right at the plate, you have to ride with it,” said Martinez. “Baseball is so up and down. You don’t know when you’re going down. If you’re still thinking that you’re going to help the team, that’s going to make it better and that’s what’s happening right now.”
While the honors went to Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt, Martinez was also in contention this last period for the National League Player of the Week. Before tonight’s performance he had hit .600, while scoring 6 runs, with 4 homers, and 9 runs batted in over the last week.
Marcell Ozuna and Jedd Gyorko also homered for the Cardinals, who have hit three or more home runs in nine different games this season. They are 18-4 in games in which they have homered at Busch Stadium in 2018.
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