Nine Braves pitchers combine to no-hit the Astros in 10 innings

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The game ended in a 2-2 tie, but the Braves used nine different pitchers to twirl a ten-inning no-hitter against the Astros on Sunday afternoon. Cody Martin got the start and struck out three over two innings of work.

The Braves scored once in the first inning on an A.J. Pierzynski RBI single. The Astros plated two in the seventh without a hit as pitcher Mauricio Cabrera loaded on two walks and a hit batsman. Runs then scored on consecutive ground outs to shortstop. The Braves tied it back up at two apiece in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Todd Cunningham.

The Astros were using a split squad, but the Braves faced the better squad which included Jose Altuve, Colby Rasmus, and Chris Carter.

All nine pitchers of record:

  • Cody Martin: 2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Jim Johnson: 1 IP
  • Josh Outman: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Brandon Cunniff: 1 IP
  • Ian Thomas: 1 IP, 3 BB, 1 K
  • Mauricio Cabrera: 1 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB
  • Lucas Sims: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Justin Jackson: 1 IP, 2 K
  • Jairo Heredia: 1 IP, 1 K
  • Total: 10 IP, 2 ER, 9 BB, 9 K

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.