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A great moment for Jose Martinez (plus news and notes)

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Last night’s game against the Blue Jays was terrible. Just an ugly, slog of a game. (Read John Fleming’s series preview here.) The type of loss I might remember a few seasons from now even though they play 162 of these things. Don’t believe me, check out the recap.

But the great thing about baseball is sometimes an individual achievement can rise to the top and give you something worth smiling about even amongst all the awfulness. (I’m not talking about Chris Coghlin’s slide, although that was pretty great.) That moment belonged to 28-year-old rookie Jose Martinez, who hit his first career home run - a 390-foot drive the opposite way - to tie the game in the 7th. (And, as Jenifer Langosch pointed out, it wasn’t even the Martinez’s family most famous home run.)

Turns out, he would actually end up catching some heat after the game for failing to come up with Aledmys Diaz’s somewhat errant throw to first which allowed the winning run to score. That’s a bummer, but for a player who was never expected to rise above career minor leaguer, seeing him hit a home run at the top level of baseball was a wonderful moment. And that’s baseball. Even when it’s bad it’s still pretty good.

Here’s what you missed yesterday at VEB:

That about does it. Here’s hoping for a better game tomorrow and many more Jose Martinez home runs to come. Enjoy your Wednesday.