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Dodgers: Russell Martin Has Historic Pitching Appearance

Russell Nathan Coltrane Jeanson Martin: Ace of the bullpen.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 27: Will Smith #16 congratulates Russell Martin #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after defeating the San Diego Padres 9-0 in a game at PETCO Park on August 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

No matter the situation, it has often been a treat to see Russell Martin on the mound for the Dodgers. On Tuesday night, he made his 4th pitching appearance this season (and of his career) and with that shutout appearance — also his 4th clean inning — he found his name next to a Hall of Famer for an odd reason.

Thanks to our friends at Stats By STATS on Twitter for the crazy note. In Martin’s previous 3 outings, the scores have been 18-5 (LA lead), 8-2 (ARI lead), and 15-1 (LA lead). With his Tuesday outing, Russ appeared in his first shutout situation and kept it that way.

A similar situation hadn’t happened in the big leagues for over 100 years.

History aside, the outing had to be just an bit sweeter for Martin after returning from the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother.

For the sake of completeness, the catcher’s season ERA remains at 0.00, with his WHIP rising all the way to 0.50 in 4 innings pitched. For his career, he’s allowed only 2 hits while striking out 2.

2019 has been a fun renaissance (and oddly historic) season for the veteran.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Kinda makes you wonder, could he be a secret weapon in the post season? Does he have a 2nd pitch? Just for nostalgia sake, who would be more fun to be on the mound pitching thd last out to win the WS? Kenley, Kershaw, or Russell Martin!

  2. I thought signing Martin was a good thing to have a veteran and professional back-up catcher. Who knew what else he would do. Congrats!

  3. I’m amazed at how teams struggle against him when they know a 89 mph fastball is coming pretty much every pitch

  4. Finally, someone out of the bull pen who doesn’t automatically come ini a give up a long-ball!

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