In career at-bat No. 84, Texas Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin joined the Home Run Club. Martin hit his first major-league home run in the 11-3 win over Seattle. He hooked a flat sinker from Seattle right-hander Aaron Harang to right-center to tie the score at 1-1 in the second. “I’m very happy with my first home run,” said Martin, speaking through an interpreter. “I’m not going to forget that for the rest of my life.” Martin reacted in mock horror, saying, “No, no, no,” when it was suggested he can become a home-run hitter. He did not think the ball was going to carry into the seats and ran hard out of the box in hopes of getting an extra-base hit. Martin also started the five-run fifth by pulling another Harang fastball into the right-field corner for a triple and his third career game with multiple extra-base hits. Martin began play with no extra-base hits for 29 at-bats this season. “That’s just something that happens with the game,” Martin said. “You can’t try for that.” Martin rolled over his right ankle sliding on the triple. He experienced temporary discomfort but stayed in the game.
Should we expect a power surge from Texas Rangers’ Leonys Martin after first big league homer? ‘No, no, no’
Dallas Morning News | Apr 22