Pitcher of the week is DP's Martin, again

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comJuly 20, 2012 

Cody Martin thought the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honor for the week ending July 8 was pretty neat.

So the Lynchburg (Va.) Hillcats hurler went out last Friday and threw a complete-game shutout against the Salem Red Sox and earned himself another.

"It's pretty cool. There's guys that have had awesome years on this team, and other teams, and some guys haven't had that once," the Dos Palos graduate said after being named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for the second week in a row -- and the third time this season. "Like I said last week, there's 40 guys going each week, so knowing I had the best week out of all of them is pretty awesome."

Martin pitched all nine innings of the 1-0 win, giving up two hits (the first of which came in the fourth inning) and a walk while striking out a career-high 14 batters.

"Everything was pretty much working really well," Martin said. "I actually threw a ton of fastballs, which is a different approach than I've taken this year. I threw 73 fastballs out of 101 pitches."

Last week, Martin said he considers himself less of a power pitcher than he did in high school, instead using location and a bevy of offspeed pitches to get batters out. The fastball worked for him against Salem, though.

"I just think early in the game I set guys up with offspeed," he said. "They were looking offspeed, and that allowed me to get them out with the fastball. Everything was working, but I didn't really have to use the other stuff."

Martin's last start was Thursday against the Potomac Nationals (results were unavailable at press time).

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

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