It has been a while since the Orioles acquired the contract of Shairon Martis from the Lincoln Saltdogs (independent, American Association), but finally, he has been added to the roster of the Norfolk Tides.
On April 6, the Orioles acquired the contract of Shairon Martis. It took a while before he could join the team’s extended spring training due to visa issues. Finally, he was added to the roster of the Norfolk Tides on Friday, June 16.
His good performance during the 2017 World Baseball Classic, earned him a contract with the O’s. In five appearances and 7.1 innings pitched, Shairon (1.17 ERA) allowed one run on three hits and two walks as he fanned three.
The 2017 edition of the WBC, wasn’t his first one. Shairon debuted in 2006 with in the last game of the Netherlands vs Panama. In a mercy rule shortened game, he pitched seven innings in which he walked one but did not strike out any batter. Nevertheless, he threw the tournament’s only no-hitter so far.
One day after Shairon Benjamin Martis was put on the Tides’ roster, he debuted for the club in a game vs the Louisville Bats. In 1.2 innings, Shairon allowed one unearned run on four hits as he struck out one. Shairon entered the game in the fourth inning after starter Tyler Wilson lasted only 3.1 innings in which he gave up four runs on six hits and two walks. Shairon started his outing with giving up a single to Hernan Iribarren. The next hitter, Darnel Sweeney flied out to left field. Then Shairon gave up a double to Jesse Winkler, who lined the ball to left fielder Chris Dickerson who gunned the ball towards home plate, with a relay throw from shortstop Paul Janish, where Iribarren was tagged out as he tried to score from first base.
In the next inning, Shairon made a throwing error that allowed Cedric Hunter to get on base and to advance to second base. This throwing error led to the sole unearned run Shairon allowed. Hunter scored on Sebastian Elizalde’s single to right field. Elizalde advanced to second on a fielding error by right fielder Craig Gentry.
Shairon retired the next two batters thanks to a 4-3 groundout and a lineout to right field.
The Tides could not cling on to the 5-0 lead they got in the first inning. Eventually, the Bats won this game by scoring two runs in the sixteenth (!) inning.