Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Martinez in line for victory; Mixed results in Phillies debut

Pedro Martinez saw a little bit of everything in his first start as a Phillie: An eight-run inning from his offense, a no-out bases-loaded jam in his final inning, and a cup of ice thrown from the bleachers at Wrigley Field that struck his center fielder in his face.

Martinez in line for victory; Mixed results in Phillies debut

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Pedro Martinez saw a little bit of everything in his first start as a Phillie: An eight-run inning from his offense, a no-out bases-loaded jam in his final inning, and a cup of ice thrown from the bleachers at Wrigley Field that struck his center fielder in his face.

All in all, it was an eventful debut, one that did little to foretell his eventual fate as a stretch-run starter.
Making his first major league start since Sept. 25, 2008, the future Hall of Famer allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out five while walking one in five innings of work. He left the game after allowing two runs in the fifth inning. At the time, the Phillies held a 12-3 lead, thanks to an eight-run fourth inning that included three-run home runs by Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez.

Martinez threw 99 pitches, 54 of them for strikes. He struggled with his command at times, but showed better-than-advertised velocity and an effective change-up. Martinez's last pitch, a fastball on which Kosuke Fukodome flew out to left field, was clocked at 90 miles an hour. His velocity averaged between 88 and 91, but he hit 92 on the radar gun on several occasions.

The most bizarre event of the night occurred in the fifth inning, when Shane Victorino was struck in the head with a cup of ice as he caught a towering sacrifice fly from clean-up hitter Jake Fox. The cup appeared to be thrown from the stands, where Victorino and left fielder Raul Ibanez pointed and shouted at the culprit.

When he left the game, Martinez was in line for his first victory since Aug. 31 of last season, when he allowed two runs in six innings of a 6-2 win over the Marlins while pitching for the Mets.

Daily News Staff Writer
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