Pittsburgh Pirates’ Russell Martin Continues to Have Success on Cinco de Mayo

By Michael Terrill
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Russell Martin Continues to Have Success on Cinco de Mayo
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Even though the Pittsburgh Pirates lost 6-2 to the Washington Nationals in the series finale Sunday afternoon, slugger Russell Martin still had a successful day. Martin has thrived on Cinco de Mayo in the past, and nothing appeared to have changed on May 5, 2013.

Martin has posted a .385 (10-for-26) batting average with one home run and five RBI on Cinco de Mayo prior to Sunday’s contest. He may have lowered his career batting average to .379 on May 5 after going 1-for-3 at the plate, but at least he knocked in another run.

For whatever reason, the 30-year-old is uniquely connected to the No. 5. He has worn the No. 55 his entire career and the first time he ever stepped foot in the big leagues was on May 5.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle decided it would be wise to go with the flow and play the numbers. He placed Martin fifth in the batting order and started him at third base, the five-spot on a scorecard. Unfortunately, it did not work as Pittsburgh lost the series to Washington. However, it is rather cool that Hurdle decided to jump on the No. 5 bandwagon to see if it would bring his team a victory.

The pressure may have got to Martin after everyone made a big deal about his top-notch performances on May 5. The right-handed batter stranded three men on base in the series finale.

The seven-year player began the season slow on offense, but has been heating up ever since. He is batting .272 with six home runs, 11 RBI, seven doubles, ten walks and 13 runs in 92 at-bats. His batting average would be much better if he did not go 1-for-31 to start the season.

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