Shairon Martis, 18, threw the first ever complete game, shutout and no-hitter in the very short history of the World Baseball Classic, doing it against Panama in the final game of the first round for Group C.
Shairon Martis pulled it off in the 10-0 win in seven innings, thanks to the WBC mercy rule. Matris gave up only one walk and one batter got on base due to an error. He had surprisingly no strikeouts, though that may have helped him complete the task. Starting pitchers in the first round have a pitch limit of 65, and Martis stretched it to the limit to finish the 7 inning game. He had one out in the 7th with 64 pitches, but got Panama’s Cesar Quintero to ground into a first pitch double play to complete the feat.
"Words cannot express what I feel,” Martis said after the game.
Martis is a native of the island of Curacao in the Carribean, which is a territory of the Netherlands. The game was Martis’ only appearance of the tournament, as the Netherlands finished 1-2 in group play, 3rd in Group C to Cuba and Puerto Rico and eliminated from the next round.
Martis posted a 2-1 record with a 1.85 ERA for the Giants team in the Arizona Rookie League in 2005, with 50 strikeouts and 9 walks in 34 innings. That team won both the first and second halves of the season, and was crowned the league champion without a championship game.
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