Pedro Pitches Complete Game -- Striking Out 7 Consecutive Batters At One Point -- But Falls To Twins, 5-0
Joe Mays Stops Red Sox Cold;
August 16, 2002
Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Box Score and play-by-play
streaks come to an end -- Martinez falls to 12-2 after a Red Sox loss
Ian Browne, mlb.com
Pedro Martinez had served as a pitching stop sign over the last two months, silencing any Red Sox losing streak that happened to be in the works when it was his turn to pitch. But Friday night in Minnesota, the ultimate stopper was stopped.
blanks Red Sox on two hits -- Pedro Martinez loses first decision to an AL club
Mark Sheldon, mlb.com
The Minnesota Twins found a way to end Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez's stranglehold on the American League. The Twins blanked the Red Sox by a 5-0 score Friday night behind a superb two-hit shutout by starter Joe Mays. It was Martinez's (16-3, 15-1 vs. AL) first loss to an American League team all season. Martinez registered 10 strikeouts, including seven straight from the second through the fourth innings.
performance -- Twins righty records fifth shutout and ninth CG
Mark Sheldon, mlb.com
In his rematch with Pedro Martinez, Joe Mays figured it would take nothing less than a shutout to beat Boston's dominant pitcher. Mays' calculations were on the money, as were his wide variety of pitches. He threw a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts to blank the Red Sox, 5-0, Friday night.
mows down Sox, Martinez
Steven Krasner, Providence Journal
The two pitchers stared each other down, matching each other pitch for pitch in a classic duel. ... Martinez stretched his scoreless streak to 35 innings. He fanned seven in a row in one stretch, one shy of the American League record ... Mays, meanwhile, flirted with a no-hitter. They matched zeroes for four innings. But then Pedro blinked.
and Sox take a back seat
Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe
The planets were aligned. Something bad had to happen. On the day that the Babe and the King died (Ruth 1948; Elvis '77), on the first anniversary of the firing of Jimy Williams, you knew this would be no ordinary time for the Red Sox. And it wasn't.
the end, it was simply Mays's day
Gordon Edes, Boston Globe
The evening was still young, Twins rookie manager Ron Gardenhire said, when pitching coach Rick Anderson turned to him in the third base dugout. "Did you know he struck out seven in a row?" Anderson said, gesturing toward Pedro Martinez on the mound. "I know," Gardenhire said. "I'm watching." After one particularly nasty delivery, Gardenhire said to no one in particular, "I think that was a cutter," whereupon a voice in the dugout answered, with a touch of desperation, "You mean, he throws a cutter, too?"
comes back to earth in loss to Twins: Super streak ends with 5-0 defeat
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald
It was only fitting that on the day the Players Association set a date to stop the game, Pedro Martinez stopped being superhuman. The Red Sox stopper saw all of his awe-inspiring statistical feats come to an end last night in a 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome, marking the first time in more than two months that he failed to stop a Red Sox losing streak.
grounds to halt
Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald
Not so long ago, the plan went something like this: See Johnny hit, see Johnny run, see Johnny score. But halfway through August and with roughly six weeks remaining in the baseball season - barring a work stoppage, of course - the Red Sox offense suddenly doesn't appear so versatile. In fact, it looks downright one-dimensional.
One Tough Joe -- Pedro's Streak Comes To End
David Heuschkel, Hartford Courant
Standing in the on-deck circle in the ninth inning, Johnny Damon noticed a paper airplane sail out of the stands and make a smooth landing in front of the Red Sox dugout. He walked over to pick it up and threw it aside. It could have been a towel, for all his teammates cared. Metaphorically speaking, this usually happens to the players in the other dugout when Pedro Martinez has pinpoint control. But behind an outstanding performance by pitcher Joe Mays, the Twins did something no team has done to Martinez in two months and no American League team has done all season. Beat him.
outduels Martinez as Twins shut out Red Sox 5-0
La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune
Joe Mays spent most of the season wondering when the pain near his right elbow would subside. He sought a few opinions, continued his therapy and joked that when he did return, someone was going to be in trouble. The league has been warned. In what was a statement that he's not just healthy but sharp, Mays guided the Twins to a 5-0 victory over Boston while throwing the first two-hitter of his career.
Gordon Wittenmyer, Pioneer Press
Joe Mays is no Pedro Martinez. On this night he was better. As if he knew it would take a shutout to beat Boston's three-time Cy Young Award winner, the Twins right-hander flirted with a no-hitter for much of Friday night's game before beating the Boston Red Sox 5-0 with a two-hitter in front of 35,824 at the Metrodome.
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