Even though he did not get the decision, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez delivered seven strong innings of baseball on Sunday, leaving the game with a 2-0 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“I think it’s my best pitching start so far,” said Martinez with the help of translator Kleininger Teran, the Cardinals assistant bullpen catcher.
Adam Wainwright, who is recovering from Achilles tendon surgery, texted with Martinez during the week.
“He told me to get focused on the game, on the play, and listen to Yadi too. I think it’s the best one so far.”
The focus was staying with the plan, not trying to throw the ball too hard. In particular, Martinez felt his sinker was working in the game and contributed to his eight strikeouts.
“Carlos was real good, it was a shame we couldn’t get him a win for that but to get through seven and be able to make some tough pitches when he had to–he had some of that consistency today,” said Mike Matheny, who also noticed the right-hander didn’t try to overpower hitters.
“I think he’s slowly starting to understand that. It’s not just the gun, it’s the effort level because sometimes you see him almost fall down he’s throwing so hard and the velocity’s not that much better but the location’s scattered.”
“I guarantee you he was thinking about I’m just going to make a quality pitch here, I don’t have to be extra nasty. And he doesn’t. Usually when he does just trust his normal slot, his normal stuff it’s better and it’s on the plate. It’s hard to convince a guy that can throw 100mph that maybe 93 is better. But he’s learning, he’s getting better.”
Martinez finished with a line of 7 IP, 5 hits, 0 runs, 2 BBs, 8 Ks. He threw 97 pitches (62 strikes).
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