J.D. Martinez joins MLB legend in record books with clutch grand slam originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The Boston Red Sox' prolific offense kept rolling Saturday -- with an early spark from hitting machine J.D. Martinez.
The Red Sox designated hitter opened the scoring in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series with a first-inning grand slam off Houston Astros starting pitcher Luis Garcia.
EVERYBODY GET UP IT'S TIME TO SLAM NOW! pic.twitter.com/gsgJhge9f8
— Red Sox (@RedSox) October 16, 2021
Martinez's blast was his second of the 2021 postseason and his eighth in just 26 career playoff games. It also gave him 28 RBIs in those 29 games -- which is second only to New York Yankees Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig. (Eight of those 28 RBIs have come this postseason, by the way.)
This is J.D. Martinez’s 26th career Postseason game.
Most RBI in first 26 Postseason games:
1. Lou Gehrig – 32
2. J.D. Martinez – 28
— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) October 16, 2021
Not bad for a guy the Astros released back in 2014.
Martinez also joined an exclusive list of Red Sox players with grand slams in the postseason. The 34-year-old's clutch shot was the eight playoff grand slam in franchise history, and the first since Jackie Bradley Jr.'s blast in Game 3 of the 2018 ALCS against these same Astros.
Grand slams, Red Sox postseason history:
2021 ALCS G2 J.D. Martinez
2018 ALCS G3 Jackie Bradley Jr
2013 ALCS G6 Shane Victorino
2013 ALCS G2 David Ortiz
2007 ALCS G6 J.D. Drew
2004 ALCS G7 Johnny Damon
1999 ALDS G5 Troy O'Leary
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) October 16, 2021
The Red Sox fell 5-4 in Game 1 of this series, but perhaps Martinez's heroics can help them even the series before Game 3 in Boston on Monday night.