by John Manuel
March 10, 2006
A hard-throwing righty made World Baseball Classic history Friday, and it wasn’t Roger Clemens.
Giants farmhand Shairon Martis, an 18-year-old from Curacao, needed 65 pitches-the limit for starters in the first round of the Classic-to throw a seven-inning no-hitter against Panama. The Netherlands won 10-0 in a game that ended early due to the Classic’s 10-run mercy rule.
Martis threw 43 of his pitches for strikes in an efficient performance during a game that meant nothing, as both teams entered the game winless. Martis walked one and didn’t record a strikeout, with eight outs via groundball and 13 flyouts. He was helped by a five-run first inning that gave him an early cushion to work with, and it was 10-0 after 4 1/2 innings.
Martis went 2-1, 1.85 last season in his U.S. debut, helping the Giants’ entry win the championship in the Rookie-level Arizona League. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder ranks as the Giants’ No. 28 prospect. He walked big league veteran Olmedo Saenz, and Panama’s Adolfo Rivera reached on an error by Ivanon Coffie. Those were Panama’s only baserunners.
Dirk van Klooster had two hits and three RBIs to lead the Netherlands’ offense, playing center field as Andruw Jones sat the game out. The Dutch had 17 hits, with two hits and two RBIs for Angels prospect Hanley Statia.