ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

D-backs’ J.D. Martinez hits his ninth homer in as many games

Sep 12, 2017, 8:03 PM | Updated: 10:12 pm

The sky is blue, the earth is round and you’re still breathing. Also, J.D. Martinez continues hitting dingers.

The Arizona Diamondbacks slugger smashed his ninth of the last nine games in the second inning Tuesday night against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray.

The ball came off the bat with an exit velocity of 114 mph, the fastest in MLB since Nelson Cruz hit a 114-mph homer three days prior. It helped that the pitch entered the strike zone zipping along at 96 mph.

Knocking off the left-center wall above the concourse, Martinez’s solo shot that put the D-backs ahead 1-0 registered as a 447-foot homer.

Martinez was named the National League Player of the Week for the period spanning last Monday to Sunday.

Of course, his recent run of success is bolstered by his four-dinger performance Sept. 4 while visiting the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nonetheless, he’s remained busy, having a multi-hit streak of three games heading into the Tuesday game at Chase Field.

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Arizona Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker throws a pitch to a Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Rockies' Jon Gray throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Rockies' Mark Reynolds (12) is unable to catch a pickoff throw as Arizona Diamondbacks' David Peralta (6) gets back to first base during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. Peralta advanced to third base on the throwing error by Rockies pitcher Jon Gray. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez (28) points to the sky as he arrives at home plate in front of Colorado Rockies' Jonathan Lucroy, left, after Martinez connected for a home run during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Rockies' Jon Gray (55) pauses near the mound after giving up a home run to Arizona Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez, left, during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Rockies' Gerardo Parra, front, makes it to first base safely as Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt (44) jumps for a high throw during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker (99) scores as Colorado Rockies' Jonathan Lucroy, right, pauses in front of home plate during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' David Peralta kneels at second base after being caught off the base on a line drive hit by Paul Goldschmidt against the Colorado Rockies during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker (99) gets a visit from catcher Chris Iannetta, left, as Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez, right, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez, right, celebrates his two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Gerardo Parra (8) during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez pauses at home plate after being called out on strikes during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez, left, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Arizona Diamondbacks' David Hernandez (47) during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez (5) shouts as he celebrates his two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with manager Bud Black, third from right, bench coach Mike Redmond, second from right, and pitching coach Steve Foster during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Rockies' Gerardo Parra (8), Charlie Blackmon (19) and Carlos Gonzalez (5) celebrate the team's win against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 4-2. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Rockies' Chris Rusin (52) high-fives with catcher Jonathan Lucroy, left, after the final out of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 4-2. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Rockies' Gerardo Parra stands on third base after hitting a triple against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 4-2. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado gets his glove on a grounder hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' Chris Iannetta before throwing to first base for the out during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 4-2. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray, right, watches the action on the field after being taken out of the baseball game as catcher Jonathan Lucroy, left, walks past during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 4-2. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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