Netherlands' Martis hurls no-hitter vs. Panama
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Shairon Martis made his mark on the World Baseball Classic.
The San Francisco Giants minor leaguer pitched the first no-hitter in the new tournament, leading the Netherlands over Panama 10-0 Friday in a game stopped after seven innings because of a mercy rule.
Martis ended the game with his 65th pitch -- the limit for starting pitchers in the first round -- when Cesar Quintero hit into a a double-play grounder. Martis walked one -- Olmedo Saenz with two outs in the first -- and struck out none. The only other runner he allowed was when Adolfo Rivera reached on fielding error by third baseman Ivanon Coffie leading off the seventh.
"I was thinking I had to keep the fastball low to get as many groundballs as possible," Martis said. "I used fastballs and sliders. ... I feel very proud of having thrown a no-hitter, and I really don't have any other words to describe it."
A right-hander who turns 19 on March 30, Martis signed with the Giants as a free agent on Feb. 10, 2004. He was 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA in five starts and six relief appearances last season for the Giants' Arizona Rookie League team.
"When he went the second time through the lineup I thought it would be hard to get a hit off him, Netherlands manager Robert Eenhoorn said. "He faced hitters like Carlos Lee, and these hitters are usually very good making adjustments after seeing a pitcher for the first time."
Dick Tidrow, San Francisco's vice president of player personnel, expects Martis to play this season for either Class A Augusta in the Southern League or short-season A ball at Salem-Keizer in Oregon.
Tidrow gave a thumbs-up when reminded of what Martis had just accomplished.
"I looked at the box and he's a strike thrower," Tidrow said. "He's got good stuff. He's a young kid and still developing. He has average stuff but throws strikes. He's good."
Both teams were eliminated coming in. The Netherlands (1-2) finished third in and Panama (0-3) last Group C, which also included Puerto Rico and Cuba.
Given a 5-0 lead before he threw a pitch, Martis had the first complete game and shutout in the tournament.
"This kid did a great job. He kept the ball low and my team became very anxious after the fourth inning," Panama manager Anibal Reluz said.
Randall Simon's RBI single off Miguel Gomez put the Dutch ahead, Dirk van Klooster had a two-run double, shortstop Orlando Miller made an error that allowed another run in and Hainley Statia hit an RBI single.
Gomez, who was the loser, allowed three runs and four hits in one-third of an inning.
Games in the tournament are stopped if a team is ahead by 10 runs after seven innings.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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