SAVING FENWAY, MORE PEDRO
AND A FRUSTRATING SEASON
Pedro with a one-hit masterpiece

June 8, 2000 ... In this one-game "homestand" - the makeup of a game originally scheduled for April 23 Pedro Martinez threw no-hit ball for 4 2/3 innings and the 31,438 fans at Fenway were buzzing. As in his last outing, when he faced Roger Clemens and shut out the Yankees, Pedro again took on the opposition's ace - this time Bartolo Colon - and again the game went into the late innings scoreless. And again, it was the opposing pitcher who made the mistake.

The numbers tell the story. Pedro now is 9-2 and his earned run average is back below that magical 1.00 line (0.95). Once again, Pedro struck out at least 10 batters - the 60th time he has done that in his career, and the 33d time with the Red Sox. The 10 strikeouts stood out all the more starkly compared with the one walk.

Few of the Indians even remember the last time they scored a run off Pedro, especially after his 15 shutout innings against them this season and the 10 scoreless innings in the 1999 playoffs. Pedro is now 8-0 with a 1.67 ERA in his career (86 innings, 16 earned runs) against the Indians, one of the most potent-hitting teams in the game.

Jimy Williams had been concerned Pedro might try to do too much on too much rest, that it might be a repeat of the 1999 All-Star Game, when Pedro injured himself devastating National League batters, or the first game of the 1999 playoffs in Cleveland, when a very-rested Pedro was forced to leave the game after four innings.

Pedro did not allow a hit until rookie Russell Branyan hit a ground-rule double down the right-field line with two outs in the fifth. Then, after Carl Everett gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead with a homer leading off the seventh, Pedro found an extra gear, toying with the Indians in the eighth.

Like Pedro, Everett had delivered when the Red Sox most needed it. His first two times up against Colon, Everett had struck out. But leading off the seventh, Everett got another chance at a Colon fastball. But this fastball was a bit lower and a bit more over the plate, and he drove it onto the roof of the Indians' bullpen.

After Everett's 21st homer, the Red Sox added two more runs in the eighth. Jeff Frye led off the inning with a single to right and, after Trot Nixon popped out, Frye scooted over to third on a wild pickoff attempt. Everett (wisely) was walked intentionally, but Brian Daubach, who has struggled the last two weeks with runners in scoring position, singled to left, driving in Frye. Mike Stanley then drove in Everett with a single to left.

With the fans booing lustily when the mound remained empty as the Red Sox took the field in the ninth, the fans wanting to see Pedro finish off another masterpiece, the boos had turned to chants by the time reliever Derek Lowe had reached the mound.

"Pedro, Pedro, Pedro!" the fans shouted for long moments. The fans knew so well that once again they had been treated to another glimpse of greatness. From that small, thin body of Pedro, the small body with the hugest of hearts.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

2

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

x

 

 

3

9

1

 

 

W-Pedro Martinez (9-2)
S-Derek Lowe (13)
L-Bartolo Colon (6-3)
Attendance - 31,438

 2B-Branyan (Clev), Varitek (Bost)

 HR-Everett (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Jeff Frye 2b 4 1 2 .314  

 

Trot Nixon rf 4 0 0 .303  

 

Nmr Garciaparra ss 4 0 0 .374  

 

Carl Everett cf 3 2 1 .323  

 

Brian Daubach 1b 3 0 1 .281  

 

Mike Stanley dh 4 0 1 .228  

 

Troy O'Leary lf 4 0 2 .222  

 

Jason Varitek c 3 0 2 .305  

 

Wilton Veras 3b 3 0 0 .267  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Pedro Martinez 8 1 0 1 10  
  Derek Lowe 1 1 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2000 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees

32 23 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

32

24

1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

33 30 4

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

24 33 9

 

 

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

21 37 12 1/2