On April 10, 2005, baseball legend Pedro Martinez took the mound for the New York Mets in a game against the Atlanta Braves. It was a game that would go down in history as one of Martinez’ most memorable and dominant performances.
At the time, Martinez was already considered one of the greatest pitchers of his generation. He had won three Cy Young Awards and was a seven-time All-Star. But he was also 33 years old and some analysts were beginning to wonder if his best days were behind him.
However, in this game against the Braves, Martinez put those doubts to rest once and for all. He pitched a complete game, allowing an earned run on only two hits and striking out nine batters.
To fully appreciate the magnitude of Martinez’ performance, it’s important to understand the context of the game. The Braves were one of the best teams in the National League and had won 96 games the previous season. Meanwhile, the Mets had finished last in their division with a record of 71-91.
Martinez’ start was the sixth game of the season and the third of the series for the Mets and they had lost the first two games against the Braves.
They desperately needed a win to avoid starting the season 0-6 and falling further behind in the standings.
Martinez took the mound with a fierce determination that was unmistakable.
He attacked Braves batters with his signature fastball and devastating changeup, keeping them off-balance and unable to mount any serious threats.
The only two hits allowed by Martinez were both XBH’s, an RBI double by Johnny Estrada and a triple by would-be Hall of Fame’r Andruw Jones. It was a masterful performance by a pitcher at the top of his game.
In the end, the Mets won the game 6-1 featuring an 8th inning 2-run home run from outfielder Carlos Beltran. But of course, the real hero of the day was Pedro Martinez.
He had put the team on his back and delivered a win when they needed it most.
The game against the Braves on April 10, 2005, would go down in history as one of Pedro Martinez’ greatest performances while donning the Orange & Blue.
It was a reminder to everyone that even at age 33, he was still one of the best pitchers in the game. And it was a moment that Mets fans would never forget.
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