Martinez crazy wild, Yanks top Cards 3-2 for 6th win in row

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees hardly hit a ball square against Carlos Martinez and the St. Louis Cardinals.

The way he was pitching, they didn't need to.

Looking like both an All-Star ace and a wayward journeyman, Martinez put on a historically uneven performance, walking a career-high eight while striking out 11 and handing CC Sabathia and the Yankees a 3-2 win Saturday.

''I don't think I've ever seen anything like that,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi agreed.

''One of the stranger lines that I've seen,'' he said.

The Yankees won their sixth straight despite tying a team record by fanning 17 times. They got plenty of help from sloppy St. Louis, which at 3-8 is off to its worst start in 20 years and has the poorest record in the NL.

Martinez's misadventures on the mound also included airmailing a tapper to the backstop and throwing a wild pitch. He became the first Cardinals pitcher with eight walks and 11 Ks in a game since the aptly named Wild Bill Hallahan in 1930.

''I wasn't really able to execute the pitches the way I wanted to,'' Martinez said through a translator.

His troubles stood in sharp contrast to Sabathia (2-0), who took a shutout into the eighth. Jedd Gyorko and Stephen Piscotty homered late for St. Louis.

Martinez (0-2) couldn't be touched at the start, and not always to his benefit. Of the first 12 batters, none put the ball in play.

The Cardinals' opening-day starter became the first pitcher in 60 years with at least six strikeouts and six walks through two innings, the Elias Sports Bureau said.

Not until Jacoby Ellsbury hit a leadoff single in the third, on Martinez's 62nd pitch, did the Yankees give the Cardinals defense a chance. Often twisting and contorting when he missed the strike zone, Martinez was pulled after 5 1/3 innings.

''I thought we did a great job of just laying off some tough pitches,'' said Chase Headley, who walked twice. ''He's got great stuff, and he was having a little bit of trouble getting into the zone.''

Martinez was the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1993 with at least eight walks and 11 strikeouts in a game. Three St. Louis relievers finished, and by the end, every New York batter had fanned.

Asked why Martinez was so erratic, a dour Matheny could only offer: ''It's a hard game. It's a hard game.''

It was hardly the kind of pitching that gave the Cardinals their last win in the Bronx. That came in Game 5 of the 1964 World Series, when Bob Gibson threw all 10 innings and struck out 13. St. Louis is 0-5 in interleague play at the Yankees since.

New York got help in scoring twice in the sixth for a 3-0 lead. Ronald Torreyes led off with a routine fly that dropped for a double when the Cardinals lost it in the sun. Martinez later barehanded a comebacker and overthrow catcher Yadier Molina, trying to get Torreyes at the plate.

Gyorko homered with one out in the St. Louis eighth and finished Sabathia, who gave up three hits. The big lefty exited to loud ovation, exiting with a 1.47 ERA after three starts.

Sabathia earned his 225th victory, moving past Hall of Famers Catfish Hunter and Jim Bunning for 66th on the career list. Tyler Clippard got his first save despite Piscotty's home run, striking out Randal Grichuk with two on to end it.

MCCARVER'S MOMENT

Cardinals announcer Tim McCarver clearly recalls the last time St. Louis won in the Bronx - it was his three-run homer in the 10th inning that produced a 5-2 victory on Oct. 12, 1964. McCarver's shot sailed over hobbling right fielder Mickey Mantle.

''I remember watching Mantle limping toward the fence as I was running. It might've been a catchable ball if he was OK. But boy, I was 22 and what a thrill that was,'' McCarver said in the broadcast booth.

NUMBERS

St. Louis fielders had only one assist, the first time that's happened for the Cardinals in a game since 1969. ... The Yankees are 5-0 at home for the first time since 2000. ... The Yankees are 1 for 30 with runners in scoring position over their last three games, all wins.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: DH Matt Holliday was scratched from the starting lineup against his former team because of lower back stiffness.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (0-2, 7.00 ERA) pitches vs. the Yankees for the first time in the Sunday night game. Has 134 career wins, tied with Dizzy Dean for sixth on the all-time Cardinals list.

Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (1-1, 3.97) took a perfect game into the seventh inning in his last start vs. Tampa Bay. He has never faced the Cardinals.

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  • W: C. Sabathia (2-0)L: C. Martinez (0-2)S: T. Clippard (1)
  • HR: STL - J. Gyorko (2), S. Piscotty (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF40000020.136.224.159.384-1.0
A. Diaz SS40000010.273.273.545.818-0.5
M. Carpenter DH40100020.212.349.303.6520.0
S. Piscotty RF31111001.250.382.500.8827.0
Y. Molina C40000012.219.308.250.558-0.5
J. Martinez 1B30100012.500.571.6671.2380.5
a- M. Adams PH10100000.211.318.211.5291.0
K. Wong PR0000-000.148.258.222.000-
J. Peralta 3B20000111.120.185.120.3050.5
b- G. Garcia PH00000100.250.538.250.7881.0
R. Grichuk LF40000024.200.238.400.638-1.0
J. Gyorko 2B31111000.240.296.520.8166.0
  • a-singled for Martinez in the 9th
  • b-walked for Peralta in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF31100211.250.386.306.6923.5
A. Hicks RF31010221.263.462.6321.0933.0
C. Carter DH50110045.182.240.273.5130.0
J. Ellsbury CF40200023.333.366.462.8273.0
S. Castro 2B30000123.326.356.488.8440.0
C. Headley 3B20000211.378.489.5951.0833.5
G. Bird 1B30000125.038.167.077.2440.0
K. Higashioka C40000025.000.000.000.000-1.0
R. Torreyes SS41100010.250.250.417.6672.5
    BATTING
    • HR - S. Piscotty (2), J. Gyorko (2)
    • RBI - S. Piscotty (8), J. Gyorko (4)
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Torreyes
    • RBI - A. Hicks (6), C. Carter (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ellsbury (4), C. Headley (3)
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Martinez, J. Martinez
    • PB - Y. Molina
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Martinez (L, 0-2)5.143281103.572.251.5
    B. Cecil0.200002011.250.001.0
    M. Socolovich1.00000201.500.004.0
    J. Broxton1.010002012.271.003.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Martinez (L, 0-2)5.1
    B. Cecil0.2
    M. Socolovich1.0
    J. Broxton1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sabathia (W, 2-0)7.13111611.470.5529.0
    A. Warren (H, 2)0.20000100.000.000.5
    T. Clippard (S, 1)1.02111313.003.007.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sabathia (W, 2-0)7.1
    A. Warren (H, 2)0.2
    T. Clippard (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Martinez (2), J. Broxton
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martinez 118-71, B. Cecil 9-6, M. Socolovich 12-8, J. Broxton 21-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martinez 3-4, M. Socolovich 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Martinez 30, B. Cecil 2, M. Socolovich 3, J. Broxton 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Sabathia
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 97-62, A. Warren 11-6, T. Clippard 25-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 8-8
    • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 27, A. Warren 2, T. Clippard 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Fowler CF40000020.136.224.159.384-1.0
    A. Diaz SS40000010.273.273.545.818-0.5
    M. Carpenter DH40100020.212.349.303.6520.0
    S. Piscotty RF31111001.250.382.500.8827.0
    Y. Molina C40000012.219.308.250.558-0.5
    J. Martinez 1B30100012.500.571.6671.2380.5
    a- M. Adams PH10100000.211.318.211.5291.0
    K. Wong PR0000-000.148.258.222.000-
    J. Peralta 3B20000111.120.185.120.3050.5
    b- G. Garcia PH00000100.250.538.250.7881.0
    R. Grichuk LF40000024.200.238.400.638-1.0
    J. Gyorko 2B31111000.240.296.520.8166.0
    Total32252221010-----
    • a-singled for Martinez in the 9th
    • b-walked for Peralta in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF31100211.250.386.306.6923.5
    A. Hicks RF31010221.263.462.6321.0933.0
    C. Carter DH50110045.182.240.273.5130.0
    J. Ellsbury CF40200023.333.366.462.8273.0
    S. Castro 2B30000123.326.356.488.8440.0
    C. Headley 3B20000211.378.489.5951.0833.5
    G. Bird 1B30000125.038.167.077.2440.0
    K. Higashioka C40000025.000.000.000.000-1.0
    R. Torreyes SS41100010.250.250.417.6672.5
    Total31352081724-----
      BATTING
      • HR - S. Piscotty (2), J. Gyorko (2)
      • RBI - S. Piscotty (8), J. Gyorko (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Torreyes
      • RBI - A. Hicks (6), C. Carter (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ellsbury (4), C. Headley (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Martinez, J. Martinez
      • PB - Y. Molina
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Martinez (L, 0-2)5.143281103.572.251.5
      B. Cecil0.200002011.250.001.0
      M. Socolovich1.00000201.500.004.0
      J. Broxton1.010002012.271.003.0
      Total8.05328170---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Martinez (L, 0-2)5.1
      B. Cecil0.2
      M. Socolovich1.0
      J. Broxton1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sabathia (W, 2-0)7.13111611.470.5529.0
      A. Warren (H, 2)0.20000100.000.000.5
      T. Clippard (S, 1)1.02111313.003.007.5
      Total9.05222102---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sabathia (W, 2-0)7.1
      A. Warren (H, 2)0.2
      T. Clippard (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Martinez (2), J. Broxton
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martinez 118-71, B. Cecil 9-6, M. Socolovich 12-8, J. Broxton 21-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martinez 3-4, M. Socolovich 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Martinez 30, B. Cecil 2, M. Socolovich 3, J. Broxton 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Sabathia
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 97-62, A. Warren 11-6, T. Clippard 25-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 8-8
      • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 27, A. Warren 2, T. Clippard 6
      • 9TH INNING
        Piscotty homered to right23
      • 8TH INNING
        Gyorko homered to center13
      • 6TH INNING
        Carter singled to left, Hicks scored03
        Hicks reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Torreyes scored on Martinez fielding error02
      • 1ST INNING
        Gardner scored, Hicks to third on wild pitch01
      • 9TH INNING
        • T. Clippard Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike looking, Piscotty homered to right
        • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
        • M. Adams: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Adams reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • G. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia walked, Wong to second
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Gyorko homered to center
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz lined out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Broxton Pitching:
        • R. Torreyes: Torreyes lined out to center
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gardner singled to right
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gardner to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • C. Carter: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Carter struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Piscotty hit by pitch
        • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Molina reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Piscotty out at second
        • J. Martinez: Martinez flied out to center
        • J. Peralta: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Socolovich Pitching:
        • C. Headley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Headley struck out swinging
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Ball, Bird grounded out to second
        • K. Higashioka: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Higashioka struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Fowler flied out to right
        • A. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Diaz popped out to second
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Martinez Pitching:
        • R. Torreyes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Torreyes doubled to shallow left center
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Foul, Gardner grounded out to first, Torreyes to third
        • A. Hicks: Hicks reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Torreyes scored on Martinez fielding error
        • C. Carter: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Carter singled to left, Hicks scored
        • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ellsbury struck out swinging
        • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • J. Peralta: Peralta grounded out to third
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Grichuk lined out to center
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Gyorko lined out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Martinez Pitching:
        • C. Carter: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Carter struck out looking
        • J. Ellsbury: Ellsbury singled to right
        • S. Castro: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Castro popped out to second
        • C. Headley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Headley walked, Ellsbury to second
        • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bird walked, Ellsbury to third, Headley to second
        • K. Higashioka: Strike looking, Strike looking, Higashioka lined out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Carpenter singled to right
        • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Piscotty lined out to pitcher, Carpenter to second
        • Y. Molina: Molina grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Martinez Pitching:
        • R. Torreyes: Torreyes flied out to center
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner struck out looking
        • A. Hicks: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gyorko grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Fowler: Fowler grounded out to second
        • A. Diaz: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Martinez Pitching:
        • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ellsbury singled to left center
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • C. Headley: Ball, Ellsbury stole second, Headley safe at first on left fielder Martinez fielding error, Ellsbury to third
        • G. Bird: Strike swinging, Ball, Headley stole second, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • K. Higashioka: Higashioka popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Piscotty flied out to deep center
        • Y. Molina: Molina popped out to first
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez singled to right
        • J. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Peralta walked, Martinez to second
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Foul, Grichuk lined out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Martinez Pitching:
        • K. Higashioka: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Higashioka struck out swinging
        • R. Torreyes: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Torreyes struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner walked
        • A. Hicks: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked, Gardner to second
        • C. Carter: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Carter struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Martinez Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gardner walked
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked, Gardner to second
        • C. Carter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Carter struck out swinging
        • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Ball, Gardner to third, Hicks to second on passed ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ellsbury struck out swinging
        • S. Castro: Ball, Gardner scored, Hicks to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castro walked
        • C. Headley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Headley walked, Castro to second
        • G. Bird: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bird struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)