Pedro Throws Eight Masterful
Boston Wins 6-0
Red Sox Trade Song & Kim
July 30, 2002
Boston Red Sox at Anaheim Angels
Edison International Field, Anaheim, California
Box Score and play-by-play
shuts down Angels -- Wins 14th game with eight-inning, two-hit effort
Doug Miller, mlb.com
Pedro Martinez was his usual self Tuesday night, and that was enough to handle the Angels. ... Boston (62-43) stayed in second place in the AL East, five games behind the division-leading New York Yankees, who defeated Texas. The Angels have a one-game lead over the Red Sox in the AL wild card race. ...
deals, then discusses deal -- Pitcher discusses Sox trade after shutout
Rob Miech, mlb.com
Pedro Martinez strolled into the visitor's clubhouse at Edison Field on Tuesday afternoon looking like he was joining a high-stakes poker game with a few aces hidden in easy-to-reach parts of his silk shirt. He moved like a soft breeze in tan linen slacks and untucked shirt, with the little black and green prints. ... "He's been great so many times," said Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek. "But this (was) one of his top performances, period." ... Martinez insisted, though, that he neither looks at nor dwells on any of the superlative numbers on the linescore of his career. "I don't really know what I'm doing," he said. "I just look at outings. Every outing that comes, I take it in. I'm happy to take it in. I'm not looking at what happens. I do know that today was a good outing. Guess what? I'm thinking for the next one."
get Floyd, and a win -- Martinez is dominating again
Bill Plunkett, Boston Globe
The first time Anaheim righthander Ramon Ortiz squared off against the fellow Dominican Republic native he calls his hero - Pedro Martinez - it was one of the best days of his life. The second time had to be one of his worst. Fresh up from Triple A, Ortiz won that first duel in Anaheim Aug. 8, 2000, pitching a two-hitter to Martinez's three-hitter as the Angels won, 2-1.
Martinez was even better the second time around, holding the Angels to two hits in a 6-0 victory last night at Edison Field. ... Martinez walked Tim Salmon in the first inning but got Garret Anderson to line out and end the inning. In the second, Brad Fullmer led off with a broken-bat single to center but Martinez picked him off first. In the fourth, Darin Erstad led off with a bloop single into shallow left.
David Heuschkel, Hartford Courant
Martinez capped an outstanding month by pitching eight scoreless innings Tuesday night in a 6-0 victory over the Angels at Edison Field. ... The Red Sox scored four in the fifth to break it open and Martinez (14-2, 2.36 ERA) did the rest. He allowed two hits and struck out nine. Martinez is 10-1 when he pitches after a Red Sox loss this season. ... In July, Martinez went 5-0 with a 0.64 ERA. He has not allowed a run in five of his last eight starts, going 7-0 with a 1.10 ERA. "I've been in command of every pitch in every game," Martinez said. "I have to continue to do that."
right for Martinez as Sox pound Angels, 6-0
Sean McAdam, Providence Journal
The night before, they had suffered the sting of another late-inning blown lead. Some 3,000 miles away, team management was working desperately to finalize a deal before the deadline. But on the diamond at Edison Field, for the span of a few hours Tuesday night, everything seemed right in the Red Sox' world. That's the kind of tranquility that comes from having Pedro Martinez on the mound. ... He has allowed just three earned runs in his last six starts, covering 42 innings. His ERA for the season has dipped to 2.36. Martinez was undefeated in July and is now 7-1 both at home and on the road, a measure of his consistency. "I've felt great ever since I came back from the All-Star break," said Martinez. "I've been in command of every pitch in every game. I hope I'm able to continue that."
Still the Real Deal
Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
[T]he Angels endured two discouraging hours Tuesday night in front of 32,812 at Edison Field. On the field, they got stomped, with Pedro Martinez personally pushing them out of first place in the American League West. Martinez pitched eight shutout innings, striking out nine, as Boston Red Sox beat the Angels, 6-0, and dropped the home team one game behind the Seattle Mariners. ...
In the Boston clubhouse, Martinez called Floyd "a great addition" and Manager Grady Little said, "We're glad to have him." Said Martinez of Floyd, who played for the 1997 World Series champion Florida Marlins: "He's got his ring. Hopefully, he'll help us get ours." Little was so happy that he could joke about where Floyd would play for the Red Sox. "First, we'll have to see if he makes the team," Little said.
shut down by Martinez, Sox
Joe Haakenson, Los Angeles Daily News
An anticipated pitchers duel between the Angels' Ramon Ortiz and Boston's Pedro Martinez lasted four innings Tuesday night, ending when the Angels defense shot itself in the foot. ... Jason Varitek and Shea Hillenbrand homered for the Red Sox, but this game was hardly about offense. The Angels' defense unraveled in the fifth inning, which was unusual considering they went into the game with 56 errors this season, tied with Minnesota for the fewest in the league.
springs a leak
Cheryl Rosenberg Neubert, Orange County Register
One game now separates the Angels from the Boston Red Sox in the American League wild-card standings - and one team got better during the game Tuesday at Edison Field. It wasn't the Angels. The Red Sox defeated them, 6-0, behind ace Pedro Martinez. And while the Angels were booting the ball around the infield, Boston acquired left fielder Cliff Floyd from the Montreal Expos.
pushes Angels back
Matthew Tresaugue, Press-Enterprise
When David Eckstein stands in the batter's box, his left elbow appears to hang over home plate. Eckstein has been hit by pitches 18 times, tops in baseball this season, because he won't budge. Then he saw the curveball of Boston Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez. ... The pitch broke so late that Eckstein had jumped backward by the time home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt called strike three. ... The curve, [Eckstein] said, "started behind me and ended up over the plate."
Vs. Little Pedro II
David Heuschkel, Hartford Courant
In a rematch of their duel two years ago, Pedro Martinez opposes righthander Ramon Ortiz tonight. Both are Dominican and have similar builds and windups. They were so identical that Ortiz even took on the moniker "Little Pedro" until it was discovered he was three years older (29) than reported, just a year younger than his idol. Ortiz allowed two hits and Martinez three in the Angels' 2-1 victory Aug. 8, 2000.
Has Two Heroes to Admire and Emulate
Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Ramon Ortiz pitches against his baseball hero tonight. He hopes to pitch in front of his first hero during the winter. Ortiz, nicknamed "Little Pedro" because his slight frame and lively fastball evoke comparisons to fellow Dominican Pedro Martinez, starts against Martinez and the Boston Red Sox tonight. In their only previous meeting, two years ago, Ortiz pitched what he calls "the best game I've pitched in the majors," a two-hitter in a 2-1 victory.
His biggest fan will be back home in the Dominican Republic, where his father is seriously ill with emphysema. Every two weeks, as soon as he gets his paycheck, Ortiz remits money to the Dominican to pay for his father's medical care. "My father is my life," he said. "My family is my life."
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