pedro martinez


Pedro Shines In San Diego;
Boston Wins 5-0

Allows 2 Hits Over 8 Innings; 11 K

Draws 2-Out Walk That Leads
to 1st Two Red Sox Runs

Thursday, June 20, 2002
Boston Red Sox at San Diego Padres
Quallcom Stadium, San Diego, California


Pedro's Line

ip h r Er bb k bf pit ball stk GB FB
8 2 0 0 1 11 27 104 34 70 10 3

Box Score and play-by-play

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 r h e
Boston 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 -- 5 7 0
San Diego 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 2 1


Martinez takes full command
Ian Browne,

How is this pitching line for a man who says he hasn't yet reached peak form this season? Eight innings, two hits, no runs, 11 strikeouts. Oh, and he also struck out the first five he faced and allowed only one man as far as second base. Imagine how good Pedro Martinez will be once he really gets his stuff together.

Pedro, Red Sox silence Friars
Sandy Burgin,

Pedro Martinez struck out 11 and hurled eight shutout innings of two-hit baseball on Thursday as the Red Sox took the rubber game of a three-game series, beating the Padres, 5-0, before 35,346 fans at Qualcomm Stadium. .. "I just knew I was in a good groove, I was turning my pitches over, I felt pretty good," Martinez said. "And I felt like I was hitting spots early on and in the bullpen too." ...

"Pedro had great stuff," said Padres manager Bruce Bochy. "We knew we had to work hard he did a great job changing speeds. We kept it close there, two outs nobody on and we walked Pedro and that hurt us and they end up scoring two. But we couldn't do much offensively. He was on tonight. It's tough to beat a good pitcher when he's on."

Pedro sizzles, Padres fizzle
Steven Krasner, Providence Journal

Pedro Martinez has always been able to pitch. But when he wanted to, he could just gas up a few fastballs and buzz pitches right past Major League hitters, throwing subtlety to the wind in an in-your-face, high-bravado-quotient style. Now, he's being a bit more careful about lighting up the radar gun in favor of a more varied array of pitches, with his cut fastball and changeup getting called a bit more. Nevertheless, he's still a tough ace to beat, as the San Diego Padres found out last night at Qualcomm Stadium.

Martinez gets ball rolling -- He whiffs 11 - and starts rally
Gordon Edes, Boston Globe

No one really expects Pedro Martinez to flirt with perfection again, like he did on a June night here seven years ago, when the Padres went 27-up, 27-down through nine innings, only to have Bip Roberts spoil everything with a leadoff double to start the 10th. Martinez, who was pitching for the Expos then, wouldn't have had to work overtime if his teammates had been able to push across a run in regulation. He did his part to ensure that wouldn't happen again in last night's 5-0 Red Sox win over the Padres, drawing a rally-starting, two-out walk while pitching if not perfectly, pretty darn impressively.

Martinez fires away: Strikes out 11 in 5-0 shutout win
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald

As he attempted to end his first two-start losing streak in nearly four years last night, the absolute last ballpark Pedro Martinez needed to see was Qualcomm Stadium. Not only was his 5.27 ERA at the former Jack Murphy Stadium his highest at any currently used venue (he had a 13.50 against the Colorado Rockies at Denver's Mile High Stadium), it also marked the site of his greatest individual heartbreak. ... "I felt fine in Atlanta, but it was just a matter of time before I got a break," Martinez said. "Today was my day. There are going to be days that are their days, but today was mine."

Ace finds comfort zone
Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald

It has been a year to wonder and a year to wander, Pedro Martinez unsteadily searching his way through the transition from power to precision. The inimitable ace of the Red Sox is about preservation now, and it might just be that he is starting to get the hang of this. In some ways his season may be just beginning.

Pedro Back In Command --  Strikes Out 11 In Eighth Win
David Heuschkel, Hartford Courant

The chant filled Qualcomm Stadium: Let's Go Pedro! What was wrong with this picture? Red Sox righthander Pedro Martinez wasn't standing on the mound. He was in the batter's box with two on and two out in the eighth, presented with an opportunity to give himself an insurance run. Despite striking out on a 3-and-2 pitch that would have been ball four, Martinez didn't look that bad with a bat in his hand Thursday night. As determined as he was trying to hit the ball, he looked much better throwing it.

Free pass to Martinez leads to loss
Sandy Burgin,

Sleepless in San Diego. Kevin Pickford said he didn't expect to get much sleep Thursday night. The Padres left-handed rookie was in a quandary wondering how he could have walked the Red Sox's Pedro Martinez with two out and no one on in the fifth inning of a scoreless game. But Pickford did walk Martinez on five pitches. Rickey Henderson followed with a single and Johnny Damon got hold of a hanging slider and sudenly it was 2-0 ...

Pedro baffles Padres hitters
Bernie Wilson, Associated Press

Pedro Martinez struck out 11 and gave up just two hits in eight innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the San Diego Padres, 5-0, last night. ... He fanned his first five batters and also struck out the side in the fifth inning. After allowing Mark Kotsay's one-out single in the third, the right-hander retired his last 17 batters. Martinez, who baffled the Padres with his changeup and fastball, allowed only two singles, the other to D'Angelo Jimenez with two outs in the second. He got 21 of 24 outs either by strikeout or groundball, and walked one.

Swinging Friars don't connect vs. Martinez
John Maffei, North County Times

The question of 'What is wrong with Pedro Martinez?' was answered Thursday night. Absolutely nothing.

Red Sox ace whiffs first five, finishes with 11 K's in 8-inning two-hitter
Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune

It wasn't quite like that night in 1995 when Pedro Martinez retired the first 27 Padres he faced. But it was close enough to thrill the Red Sox patrons sprinkled liberally throughout the crowd of 35,346 at Qualcomm Stadium last night. Martinez allowed the Padres only three baserunners in eight innings and retired the last 17 men he faced as he and Chris Haney combined on a two-hit shutout to lead Boston to a 5-0 victory in the rubber match of the teams' first-ever series.


Pre Game

Padres face tough task vs. Martinez
John Maffei, North County Times

Pedro Martinez knows his place in the game. A five-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young Award winner, he knows he's a superstar and people shell out their hard-earned cash to see him pitch. "I know people come out especially to see me pitch, and I try very hard to give them what they pay for." And judging from the Padres' individual performances against Martinez, the fans figure to get their money's worth.

It's a more mortal Pedro Padres will face tonight
Chris Jenkins, San Diego Union-Tribune

Sometimes, most times, it just isn't enough to be Pedro. You need to be Pedro!!! And then some. When he toes the rubber tonight at Qualcomm Stadium, pitching for the Boston Red Sox against the Padres, Pedro Martinez can summon up the all-time reminder of how he's had to be better than the best. How, yes, he's had to be almost perfect to win here.

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