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  • Martis fires no-hitter against Panama

    By Mark Feinsand / MLB.com

    SAN JUAN -- The Netherlands saved the best for last, closing out its World Baseball Classic experience on the highest of high notes.
    Shairon Martis threw a seven-inning no-hitter, while the Dutch offense exploded for 10 runs on 17 hits, as the Netherlands rolled to a 10-0 mercy-rule victory.

    The Netherlands finished its Pool C schedule with a 1-2 record, finishing third behind Puerto Rico and Cuba. Panama went winless in the bracket, finishing in last place at 0-3.

    Although the Netherlands struggled to put anything together in its first two games, hitting a collective .156 against Puerto Rico and Cuba, the offense found its groove early and often on Friday.

    Four of the first five batters singled, driving Panama starter Miguel Gomez from the game after just one-third of an inning. Down 1-0, left-hander Roger Deago entered the game with the bases loaded, but Dirk van't Klooster doubled to center, plating a pair of runs to give the Netherlands a 3-0 lead.

    Two consecutive errors by shortstop Orlando Miller and an RBI single by Hainley Statia increased the lead to 5-0, as the Netherlands sent 10 men to the plate in the opening frame.

    The Dutch offense struck again in the third, when Hainley Statia singled in a run to boost the lead to six runs. The Netherlands loaded the bases with two outs, but Panama escaped any further damage when Bienvenido Cordero retired Ivanon Coffie to strand the three runners.

    While the attention was on the offense, Martis, a prospect in the Giants' organization, cruised through Panama's lineup with ease. The right-hander, who will turn 19 later this month, retired nine of the first 10 batters, issuing only a two-out walk to Olmedo Saenz in the first inning.

    The Netherlands added a run in the fourth on an RBI single by van't Klooster, making it a 7-0 game. Martis went right back to work, sitting Panama down in order in the bottom of the inning to carry his no-hitter through four innings.

    He got some more support from his offense in the fifth, as the Dutch tacked on three more runs to take a 10-0 lead.

    Martis had little trouble in the fifth and sixth, retiring all six batters he faced -- on just 10 total pitches -- to extend his streak to 15 in a row. From the fourth through the sixth, Martis threw just 18 pitches, keeping his pitch count to an impressive 57 through six frames.

    Despite having just seven pitches remaining before his pitch-count limit, Martis came back out for the seventh. Pinch-hitter Adolfo Rivera hit a hot shot to third which hit Coffie's glove, glancing into left field. The official scorer ruled it an error, keeping the no-no alive.

    Martis retired Saenz for the first out, throwing pitch No. 64. On his 65th pitch, Martis got pinch-hitter Cesar Quintero to ground into a 5-4-3 double play, completing the no-hitter.
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

  • #2
    This was really an amazing achievement! Who'd have thought anyone would complete a game on the 65-pitch limit! And Panama are not pushovers (OK, well Ruben and Mariano Rivera didn't participate, but still, a country that produces several big leaguers must have other pretty decent players).

    Question is...do people in Holland even know what a no-hitter is?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Shoeless
      This was really an amazing achievement! Who'd have thought anyone would complete a game on the 65-pitch limit!
      It's possible with a great offense and the mercy rule.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Shoeless
        This was really an amazing achievement! Who'd have thought anyone would complete a game on the 65-pitch limit! And Panama are not pushovers (OK, well Ruben and Mariano Rivera didn't participate, but still, a country that produces several big leaguers must have other pretty decent players).

        Question is...do people in Holland even know what a no-hitter is?
        You bet we do...
        Last edited by Yankeebiscuitfan; 03-10-2006, 04:32 PM.

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        • #5
          At least we showed the world that we can play some ball.

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          • #6
            Yankees do you think the Netherlands should have 2 separate teams one for the European players and one for the Antilles players?

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            • #7


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              Originally posted by aarond23
              Yankees do you think the Netherlands should have 2 separate teams one for the European players and one for the Antilles players?
              I don't like that idea...

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              • #8
                And some people didn't want the Netherlands in the tournament.
                BOSTON RED SOX WORLD CHAMPIONS 19031912191519161918 20042007

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by aarond23
                  Yankees do you think the Netherlands should have 2 separate teams one for the European players and one for the Antilles players?
                  Well the point here is that a lot of the Antilles players live in Holland, so when you look at that, I would say no.

                  But there are players like Randal Simon, who have never been to Holland, and when you look at that, I would say yes.

                  But to be honest, I think that withouth them the Dutch team would only be half as good. So no is my answer.
                  Last edited by Yankeebiscuitfan; 03-11-2006, 11:09 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MudvilleMike
                    And some people didn't want the Netherlands in the tournament.
                    Really? Who?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by yankees rule
                      Really? Who?
                      Many people. "Too many teams" and quickly point out the Dutch, South African, Ausies, and Italian teams.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by aarond23
                        Yankees do you think the Netherlands should have 2 separate teams one for the European players and one for the Antilles players?
                        That's a slippery slope. If they wanted a seperate team they would be justified in having one by simply pointing at Puerto Rico and the US, two "seperate" teams despite the US having ownership of Puerto Rico* in the same way that the Antilles are owned by The Netherlands. The only thing that seperates them is what the islanders choose, in their case to play as citizens of The Netherlands rather than citizens of The Antilles.

                        I know all the full geopolitical history and complexities between the two so spare me the explanations, my opinion is my opinion right or wrong.
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                        Originally posted by nymdan
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