Martínez enters record books with perfect nine
The 23-year-old right-hander announced himself on the national stage that night with a historic performance against the Padres at San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium. Using 93 pitches, Martínez retired the Padres in order from the first inning through the ninth, neutralizing a lineup that featured future Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn along with past-or-future All-Stars Bip Roberts, Steve Finley and Brad Ausmus and 1996 National League MVP Ken Caminiti.
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But Tarasco saved the no-hitter in the ninth inning, snaring a one-out liner off the bat of pinch-hitter Scott Livingstone as he crashed into the right field wall.
“It was a lucky hit,” Roberts said, “to the right spot.”
Martínez finished the 1995 season with a record of 14-10 and a 3.51 ERA. Two seasons later, he would win the NL Cy Young Award after going 17-8 with a 1.90 ERA and 305 strikeouts in his final season with Montreal.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2015 following an 18-year big league career with the Dodgers, Expos, Red Sox, Mets and Phillies that saw him total a 219-100 record, 3,154 strikeouts and three Cy Young Awards.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum