Game 36: Rock Cats 4, Senators 1
Practically two brothers from a different mother
Shairon Martis and Al Gore have a lot in common. I know you're probably trying to figure out how a professional baseball player from Curacao is similar to a former Vice President of the United States from Tennessee. It's tough to tell, I'll admit that. Especially considering:
- Martis hasn't claimed to invent the internet
- Gore didn't start 15 games for the Washington Nationals in 2009
- Martis isn't concerned about putting things in his "lockbox"
- Gore didn't throw a no-hitter in the World Baseball Classic.
But the one thing they most definitely share is having the jaws of victory snatched away in defeat on Election night. And despite most people believing both were winners before the final tallies became official, it doesn't soften the blow of a heartbreaking loss.
In Gore's case, it was obviously the Presidency of the United States in 2000 and the results wouldn't be resolved for over a month. In Martis' case, it was a victory tonight over the streaking New Britain Rock Cats and he would know about ten minutes after leaving the mound that he wasn't getting the win. That's because Pat McCoy got roughed up in his 1/3 inning of work taking the loss and third baseman Stephen King made back-to-back poor decisions to sink the Senators on this night and send the NB Rock Cats to a 4-1 victory.
Martis pitched brilliantly on this damp, rainy night and relied heavily on an effective fastball to work ahead in the count and finish off the New Britain batters. Despite having some issues with home plate umpire Travis Hatch, Martis only allowed three hits, one walk, and didn't allow a single Rock Cat to reach second base in his 7 innings of work.
• Derek Norris went 2 for 4 tonight with the Senators lone RBI. In the last week, the catcher from Kansas has gone 8 for 19 (.421 AVG) with three doubles and one home run.
• Josh Johnson got the start at shortstop for the first time since coming off the DL.
• Former Met and Pirate starting pitcher Oliver Perez was assigned to Harrisburg from extended Spring Training and will start tomorrow night's game.
• Also earlier today, Ryan Mattheus and Jesus Valdez were promoted up the chain to Triple-A Syracuse. With Valdez' promotion, I think manager Tony Beasley can settle into the outfield alignment he had on the field tonight (Gilbert in LF, Tucker in CF, and Rahl in RF) and I don't know if you're going to see another outfield with the ability to track anything and everything down like these three can.
The Sports 'Burger Star of the Game: Shairon Martis (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 K)
Next Game: Tuesday at 7:00 PM @ Metro Bank Park vs. New Britain Rock Cats
Probables: Oliver Perez (HAR) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Bobby Lanigan (NBR) 4-2, 2.61 ERA