8:05 PM ET, August 12, 2009
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
CHICAGO -- Pedro Martinez's return to the big leagues was a winner.No surprise there. It's what he's done his entire career. And this time, he also had a promise to keep.
Why Pedro Martinez Won
• Cubs hitters were 2-for-9 with 2 K's against off-speed pitches, including eight swings-and-misses
• Threw 29 of 43 (67 percent) off-speed pitches for strikes. Last season, he threw 62 percent of non-fastballs for strikes.
• Cubs hitters chased 42 percent of off-speed pitches (MLB avg 31 percent)
-- ESPN Stats and Information
• In his first outing since Sept. 25, 2008, Pedro Martinez allowed three runs, all earned, over five innings pitched with five K's and one walk. He got the win, his first since August 31 of last season.
• Martinez improved to 215-99 in his career, the second best win percentage by a pitcher with at least 200 career wins behind Whitey Ford.
• It was the first time in more than three years that Martinez received at least 12 runs of support in a start. Philadelphia has won 2 straight following a 3-game losing streak. In his first career start, Jeff Samardzija gets list up for 7 ER in 3 1/3 IP and takes the loss. Chicago has lost 4 straight, its longest losing streak since June.
• In his first career start, Jeff Samardzija gave up seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings and took the loss. Chicago has lost four straight, its longest losing streak since June.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
It was the first time Martinez started a game at Wrigley Field since June 8, 1996, when he was with Montreal. He is 5-3 against the Cubs in his career and 3-2 at Wrigley ... The Cubs have lost six of seven. ... Phillies RHP Brett Myers threw two simulated innings with no problems in a workout at Clearwater, Fla. Myers, who had hip surgery on June 4, threw 32 pitches. He said he hopes to pitch in a rehab game soon.
CHICAGO - AUGUST 12: Pedro Martinez #45 of the Philadelphia Phillies walks out to warm-up before a game against...(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||C Utley doubled to deep right, S Victorino scored.||1||0|
|1st||R Howard tripled to deep right, C Utley scored.||2||0|
|2nd||J Baker singled to left, K Fukudome scored.||2||1|
|3rd||S Victorino homered to right, J Rollins scored.||4||1|
|4th||C Ruiz singled to center, J Werth scored, P Feliz to second, P Feliz to third, C Ruiz to second on throwing error by center fielder K Fukudome.||5||1|
|4th||J Rollins homered to left, P Feliz and C Ruiz scored.||8||1|
|4th||R Ibanez homered to left, C Utley and R Howard scored.||11||1|
|4th||P Feliz singled to center, J Werth scored.||12||1|
|5th||M Bradley singled to center, K Hill scored, S Marshall to third, R Theriot to second.||12||2|
|5th||J Fox hit sacrifice fly to center, S Marshall scored, R Theriot to third.||12||3|
|9th||A Miles grounded out to first, S Fuld scored, K Hill to second.||12||4|
|9th||R Theriot singled to right center, K Hill scored.||12||5|
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|Stadium||Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL|
|Attendance||41,133 (100.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||76 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jerry Meals, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Ron Kulpa|
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