Netherlands' Martis hurls no-hitter vs. Panama


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Shairon Martis made his mark on the
World Baseball Classic.

The San Francisco Giants minor leaguer pitched the first
no-hitter in the new tournament, leading the Netherlands over
Panama 10-0 Friday in a game stopped after seven innings because of
a mercy rule.

Martis ended the game with his 65th pitch -- the limit for
starting pitchers in the first round -- when Cesar Quintero hit into
a a double-play grounder. Martis walked one -- Olmedo Saenz with two
outs in the first -- and struck out none. The only other runner he
allowed was when Adolfo Rivera reached on fielding error by third
baseman Ivanon Coffie leading off the seventh.

"I was thinking I had to keep the fastball low to get as many
groundballs as possible," Martis said. "I used fastballs and
sliders. ... I feel very proud of having thrown a no-hitter, and I
really don't have any other words to describe it."

A right-hander who turns 19 on March 30, Martis signed with the
Giants as a free agent on Feb. 10, 2004. He was 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA
in five starts and six relief appearances last season for the
Giants' Arizona Rookie League team.

"When he went the second time through the lineup I thought it
would be hard to get a hit off him, Netherlands manager Robert
Eenhoorn said. "He faced hitters like Carlos Lee, and these
hitters are usually very good making adjustments after seeing a
pitcher for the first time."

Dick Tidrow, San Francisco's vice president of player personnel,
expects Martis to play this season for either Class A Augusta in
the Southern League or short-season A ball at Salem-Keizer in

Tidrow gave a thumbs-up when reminded of what Martis had just

"I looked at the box and he's a strike thrower," Tidrow said.
"He's got good stuff. He's a young kid and still developing. He
has average stuff but throws strikes. He's good."

Both teams were eliminated coming in. The Netherlands (1-2)
finished third in and Panama (0-3) last Group C, which also
included Puerto Rico and Cuba.

Given a 5-0 lead before he threw a pitch, Martis had the first
complete game and shutout in the tournament.

"This kid did a great job. He kept the ball low and my team
became very anxious after the fourth inning," Panama manager
Anibal Reluz said.

Randall Simon's RBI single off Miguel Gomez put the Dutch ahead,
Dirk van Klooster had a two-run double, shortstop Orlando Miller
made an error that allowed another run in and Hainley Statia hit an
RBI single.

Gomez, who was the loser, allowed three runs and four hits in
one-third of an inning.

Games in the tournament are stopped if a team is ahead by 10
runs after seven innings.