Thursday, August 13, 2009
RETURN OF THE KING
Pedro Martinez made his Phillies debut last night, securing career victory #215, and his first win since August 31, 2008. He went 5 innings, allowing 3 earned runs off 7 hits, and 1 walk. He struck out 5.
What really impressed me is how much of a pitcher he's become, and by that I mean he's smart, crafty, and tricky with hitters. His fastball is nowhere near what it once was. He scratched 90 a few times and that was it. And this means that his once devestating changeup isn't as good either. But he's still able to work hitters over and get outs. Watching him strikeout Alfonso Soriano brought back some nice memories.
He did tire in the 5th inning, missing his spots, walking the opposing pitcher (who wasn't even the starting pitcher at that point), leaving the ball up, and allowing 3 hits and 2 runs in the inning.
His next start is scheduled for the 18th at Arizona.
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast