Ariel Martínez swatted his fourth home run of the season and a single in 4 at-bats, all while driving in a run, but his efforts were insufficient in preventing the Nippon Ham 6-3 loss to the SoftBank Hawks in Pay Pay Fukuoka Dome.
The catcher from Matanzas,Cuba went yard for the second consecutive day and for the third time in 4 games. Martínez raised his average to .268 and his total RBIs to 9. The slugger is starting to find his way with the wood and looking more and more like the bat the Fighters envisioned when they signed him this offseason.
Así fue el jonrón solitario de hoy (11/05/2023) de 🇨🇺Ariel Martínez en la #npb. Su 4to del año.@renier_glezJR @ReynierBatista @Alejandrorc450 @yusseff305 @RadioCOCOnline @jit_digital @SwingCompletoBB
— Béisbol Japonés.com (@beisboljapones) May 11, 2023
Raidel Martínez allowed a hit, no runs and struck out two in an inning of relief to keep his ERA at 0.00. The Chunichi Dragons dropped the game 3-2 in 11 innings to the Hiroshima Carp. The lanky right-hander extended his scoreless innings streak to 12 to start the season and leads the Central League with 12 saves.
Ariel Martinez (NH) 4-2,HR,RBI,R
Raidel Martínez (CD) 1.0IP,0H,0ER,2K
Pedro Revilla (CD) 4-0*
Frank Abel Álvarez (CD) *
Guillermo Heredia (SSG) defensive replacement
* minor leagues