Boston Red Sox Star Matches New York Yankees Legend’s Record After Stunning Display

Published 10/19/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
Oct 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) reacts after hitting a double against the Houston Astros during the second inning of game three of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports


The Boston Red Sox continued their red-hot form in the postseason with a convincing win over the Houston Astros yesterday. They entertained their fans at Fenway Park with an incredible hitting display to take a 2-1 lead in the ALCS.

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Among the Red Sox’s many hitters featured, J. D. Martinez continued his fine form in the postseason. One of the few players who won the World Series with them in 2018, the 34-year-old matched a piece of history in yesterday’s game.

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J. D. Martinez emulates Lou Gehrig’s postseason RBI record

Although the Astros recorded a solid victory in Game 1 of the ALCS, the Red Sox made a strong comeback in Game 2 at the Minute Maid Park. Yesterday, they carried the confidence they gained from that victory to decimate the AL West champions with a fine-hitting display.

Oct 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) hits a double against the Houston Astros during the second inning of game three of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Martinez made a good start to his game, hitting a shot off the wall to record a double in the bottom of the second inning. A few moments later, Christian Arroyo drove Martinez home with an RBI to send them 2-0 up. The Red Sox finished the inning 6-0 up after Kyle Schwarber smashed a Grand Slam.

While the action came thick and fast at Fenway Park, Martinez still had a huge hit left in him. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the 34-year-old smashed a pitch from Phil Maton straight into the stands, which resulted in a two-run home run.

This took his overall RBI tally to 30 in just 27 postseason games in his career. Apart from Martinez, legendary New York Yankees hitter Lou Gehrig is the only player to achieve this total in their first 30 career postseason games.

Gehrig scored 35 RBI in those games across five postseasons from 1926 to 1937.

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The Boston Red Sox will play Game 4 of the ALCS later today

With a 2-1 lead in the ALCS, the Red Sox will take to the Fenway Park later today against the Astros. The excitement will be unmatched as their fans could see their heroes take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.

Oct 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) celebrates with first baseman Kyle Schwarber (18) after scoring a run against the Houston Astros during the second inning of game three of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

While one cannot count the Astros out just yet, many will expect them to produce an improved performance today. However, the Red Sox’s hitters look in fine fettle at the moment, which could see them take a crucial victory.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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