PHOENIX -- It didn't take long for J.D. Martinez to endear himself to fans at Chase Field.In the sixth inning of the D-backs' 10-2 win over the Braves, Martinez crushed a 1-2 slider from Matt Wisler high off the wall beyond center field for a three-run homer and his first
PHOENIX -- It didn't take long for J.D. Martinez to endear himself to fans at Chase Field.
In the sixth inning of the D-backs' 10-2 win over the Braves, Martinez crushed a 1-2 slider from Matt Wisler high off the wall beyond center field for a three-run homer and his first hit in an Arizona uniform.
"It definitely felt good," Martinez said. "Just being able to finally get that monkey off my back and just get that first hit, being able to contribute to the guys and the team."
Monday's performance proved worth the wait for Martinez, who was out of the starting lineup for the D-backs' three-game series against Washington over the weekend while nursing a bruised hand from when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday. The homer was projected by Stacast to travel 427 feet with an exit velocity of 106 mph.
"It's so hard to evaluate what he's done," Lovullo said. "His second at-bat he gets hit on the hand, he has a pinch-hit at-bat yesterday, he's just getting his feet on the ground too. So for him to do what he did, to impact the ball the way he did today and hit that big three-run home run was really nice for him and was really nice for us to watch."
Martinez's homer was the exclamation point on a sixth inning in which the D-backs scored four runs. A.J. Pollock led off the inning with a double, Jake Lamb walked and Paul Goldschmidt followed with an RBI double before Martinez came to the plate.
Arizona ended the game with six extra-base hits, three off the bat of Pollock. It was also the most runs the D-backs had scored in a home game since they threw 10 on the board against the Cardinals on June 29.
"I thought it was timely with how we were hitting with men in scoring position, which is obviously the name of the game," Lovullo said.
Martinez said it was hard not to put pressure on himself after he was traded, and he thinks Monday's performance will help him settle in and relax a bit while still adapting to the change of scenery. He joked that he was able to make it three-fourths of the way to the ballpark on Monday before he had to go to Google Maps for help.
"I have good years under my belt and stuff like that, and I have my track record," Martinez said. "But it's still different. You're in a new state, new city, new team, new clubhouse, new guys, new brothers. You know, everything's just a little different."
Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com.