CALIFORNIA LEAGUE FINALS
High-A: High Desert 1, at Visalia 0
High Desert leads best-of-five finals 2-0
SP Brett Martin: 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R 1 BB, 15 SO
RP Adam Quintana: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO
LF Scott Heineman: 1-2, 2 walks
C Jose Trevino: 2-4
DH Jairo Beras: 2-4
21-year-old lefty Brett Martin produced the most dominant pitching performance in my ten years on the job, no-hitting Visalia through the 7th. He struck out 15 of 24 batters, 13 swinging, and allowed only one ball out of the infield. Martin threw 91 pitches, 67 for strikes. Of those, the Rawhide swung at 41 and completely missed on 20 (49%).
I'd seen him in person twice before, but Martin made the greatest impression on me at the Prospects Game against the Cubs in late March. He thoroughly manhandled the opposition with his fastball and curveball, striking out the side in order, all swinging. I envisioned a year like Yohander Mendez and Ariel Jurado wound up having. Instead, Martin returned to low-A and was weirdly hittable, then shelved for over two months by an oblique injury. I speculated that he or also-injured Pedro Payano might be the player-to-be-named in the Lucroy/Jefress trade. He's still a Ranger and ranks closely behind the aforementioned Mendez and Jurado among Texas pitching prospects.
Martin had yet to throw more than 92 recorded pitches in any game this season, so Jeffrey Springs entered in the 8th. With one out, Springs lost the no-hitter on a legitimate single, but ultimately Springs was no less effective than Martin, retiring six of seven batters, five via strikeout.
Between them, Martin and Springs fanned 20 batters and dealt 29 swinging strikes. They did so without more than a one-run cushion throughout. In the 6th, Jose Trevino and Jose Cardona singled back-to-back, and Trevino scored on Jairo Beras grounder.
The series moves back to Adelanto for the final game(s) at Heritage Field. Furthermore, we have an oasis in the media desert, as the Mavs have hired the radio announcers for Lake Elsinore and Rancho Cucamonga to cover the upcoming game(s)
. Tonight's won't begin until 835pm CDT, so you should be able to catch the latter innings after the Rangers game if you like. Collin Wiles will face off against Joel Payamps.
-- Scott Lucas
Newberg Report (newbergreport.com)