The Tigers rallied for two in the ninthinnings, thanks in part to a pinch-hit single by Víctor Martínez, but fell just short, ultimately losing Wednesday’s contest 6-5 to the White Sox. Martínez is now hitting a lackluster .244/.294/.331 with six home runs and 39 RBI in 402 plate appearances this season.
Martínez, who will turn 40 years old in December and will be a free agent, was asked after the game about playing beyond this season. Martínez said, via FOX Sports Detroit, “I’m pretty sure this is going to be it. Like I said, I’m just enjoying these last six weeks and finally go home.”
Martínez has spent parts of 16 seasons in the majors with the Indians, Red Sox, and Tigers. He has a career batting line of .295/.360/.455 with 243 home runs and 1,163 RBI in 8,059 trips to the plate. He made the All-Star team five times and won the Silver Slugger Award twice. Though Martínez never reached the World Series, he played in three ALCS Game 6’s and one Game 7.
Wednesday night’s Phillies-Mets game did not feature any beanballs or benches-clearing brawls, but it did feature Rhys Hoskins getting his revenge against Jacob Rhame. Last night, Rhame threw a fastball up-and-in at Hoskins. Rhame maintained his innocence, though Hoskins was skeptical.
Hoskins got a chance for revenge against Rhame in the ninth inning with the Phillies already ahead 4-0. Bryce Harper drew a leadoff walk. Hoskins then worked a 1-1 count before drilling a 95 MPH fastball over the left field fence for a two-run home run. Hoskins milked his accomplishment, taking a 34-second stroll around the bases. For a point of comparison, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo notes that noted speedster Bartolo Colón had a 30.5-second trot around the bases after homering in 2016. MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki notes that Hoskins’ longest home run trot prior to this was clocked at 28.88 seconds. Wednesday’s trot was the first this season above 30 seconds across the league.
The dinger is Hoskins’ seventh of the season. He also walked and tripled in Wednesday’s 6-0 win. On the season, Hoskins is now batting .273/.402/.580 with 20 RBI and 18 runs scored in 107 plate appearances.