Lynchburg, VA- On a day where bad luck was expected, Cody Martin turned the tables in a night he won't soon forget. In a 1-0 pitchers' duel, Martin bested Yeiper Castillo at Lynchburg City Stadium. Martin struck out a career-high 14 batters in his complete game shutout.
On a gloomy Friday the 13th, it seemed that we destined for an ugly slugfest. However, Cody Martin and Yeiper Castillo were dueling stars throughout the night.
Cody Martin was flashy and sharp from the get go. Three of the first six he faced went down swinging as Martin kept them off balance with a fastball, cutter, curve and slider. Castillo was pitching to contact and relied heavily on his fielders through his first two frames.
The bottom of the third had Castillo's sole hiccup of the day and it came with two outs. Nick Ahmed got the mini-rally started with a single. With Chris Garcia at the plate, Ahmed stole his league-leading 25th base of the season and moved third on the throwing error on catcher, Adalberto Ibarra. Garcia got the clutch hit with one strike on him; it was a soft liner over the head of Michael Almanzar who was playing third base. Ahmed would score on the play and the 'Cats took the 1-0 lead.
From that point forward, it was a pitching clinic between Martin and Castillo. Martin allowed his first hit in the top of the fourth when Heiker Meneses hit a bloop single out to shallow right-center. From there he would 15 of 16 batters including 12 Ks through eight innings.
Martin's career night helped him become the first CL pitcher to reach double-digit wins, he is now 10-6. Martin went the distance, allowing two hits, one walk and 14 whiffs. Castillo (0-1) got the tough-luck loss for his seven strong innings of work. He gave up the game's sole run on just five hits. He also walked one and struck out six.