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Martinez' Monster Performance Sinks 'Hawks

Nearly matching F-M's offensive total by himself, Frank Martinez went 5-for-5 for the 'Cats. None of those hits were bigger than his three-run shot in the ninth to give Gary a 6-5 victory on the RedHawks' home field Thursday night.
    
For the game total Martinez provided half of the 10 GS hits, drove in five of the six runs, and scored two more. He was a part of every single run the road team put on the board. In the fourth inning he scored the team's first with a double, then coming in on Jose Gonzalez' double. At that point the 'Cats still trailed 4-1. Three runs were put up in the second by the home team thanks to a couple of walks, a wild pitch, and Dustin Geiger extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Another one came in the third with Josh Mazzola hitting a solo homer.
    
In the seventh Martinez came up big again with another double, which scored Reggie Wilson and Jarred Mederos. The home team responded with an insurance run on Keury De La Cruz' RBI double which plated Charlie Valerio. The eighth inning was silent and the two teams headed into the ninth with the 'Hawks leading 5-3.
    
The first two RailCat batters flew out so the 'Cats were on their last chance. Two walks ended up costing F-M dearly as Martinez absolutely demolished a pitch to right field, giving his team the lead just like that. The RedHawks couldn't manage any response during the bottom of the inning, so the road team stole game one of this series.
    
Lars Liguori (1-0) was the winning pitcher, Colton Reavis (2-6) was the loser, and Santiago Rodriguez made his first save of the season. Game two of this four game series will be Friday, 7:02 p.m. at Newman Outdoor Field.
 


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