Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez made history on Saturday against the Yankees. It wasn't good history. But it also wasn't bad history.
It was weird history.
Martinez had trouble with location but still possessed unhittable stuff, and, according to Elias Sports, became the first pitcher in the Expansion Era (since 1961) to not allow a ball in play for the first 12 batters of the game.
That accomplishment was made possible partially by six strikeouts over the first two innings. Unfortunately for Martinez, it was also made possible by six walks he surrenedered in the opening pair of frames.
Martinez steadied a little, but never quite recovered, finishing the game with a line of 5.1 innings, four hits, three runs,eightwalks and11strikeouts.
The St. Louis labored all afternoon, throwin 118pitches while being outdueled by the Yankees' CC Sabathia.
Martinez also became the 27th pitcher in MLB history to strike out 11 and walk eight in a start — an "accomplishment" that Nolan Ryan achieved 13 times.