Rookie Willy Adames, recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Durham, drove in two runs in Monday night’s game for the Tampa Bay Rays, who won for only the second time in 11 games.
Adames, who was recalled after the Rays placed infielder Daniel Robertson on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, played three games last month with Tampa Bay while infielder Joey Wendle was on paternity leave, and hit his first major league homer off Boston ace Chris Sale in his debut on May 22.
Miller, dealt to Milwaukee on Sunday, joined outfield Denard Span and closer Alex Colome as veteran players traded this season by Tampa Bay.
Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, scheduled Monday to start a minor league rehab assignment for a hamstring injury with Class A Charlotte, catcher Wilson Ramos, and pitchers Chris Archer and Nathan Eovaldi are among other veterans that might be moved before the trade deadline.
It’s safe to say that San Diego will work carefully to Martinez Tuesday night at Busch Stadium when the teams meet in the middle game of their three-game series.
Dating back to June 2, Martinez is 17 of 32, a .531 average. He has five homers and 11 RBI, along with an OPS of nearly 1.700.
When I swing at good pitches and go deep into the count, you’re going to see the ball come off the bat, Martinez said to FS Midwest after Monday night’s game. Every once in a while, you’re going to make an out, but I’m feeling good right now.
And why shouldn’t he?
The guy who was dismissed by three big league organizations and was playing in the Frontier League as late as 2014 is currently batting .327 with 10 homers and 42 RBI. He’s on a pace to drive in more than 100 runs and owns a .905 OPS for the season.
While Martinez is a project defensively at first base, his bat more than offsets his occasional defensive gaffes.
Jose has been so hot all season long, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. It’s been impressive to watch.
So has the pitching of Miles Mikolas (7-1, 2.27), who has pitched at an All-Star level. Mikolas cruised to a 4-1 win Thursday over Miami, permitting just one unearned run over seven innings on three hits and a walk. He whiffed five.