Martinez knocked a run-scoring single in the ninth inning of this April 1990 game. And he did it as a pinch hitter. The run cut the Savannah deficit to two, The Morning News wrote. That was where the deficit would remain.
Martinez picked up that pinch-hit single in his third season as a pro. It was also his final season. He made single-A, but got no higher.
Martinez' career began in 1987, signed by the Phillies as a free agent out of his native Dominican Republic. Martinez' name has also been spelled Nico Martinez.
Martinez played his first year at short-season Bend. He got into 27 games playing both shortstop and outfield. He hit .215 in 65 at bats.
Martinez moved to single-A Clearwater and short-season Batavia for 1988. In 51 games that year, he hit just .152. It was Martinez' final season with the Phillies.
After not being recorded as playing in 1989, Martinez returned to the field with the Cardinals at Savannah for 1990. He got into 61 games and hit no better. He hit .189. He also hit one home run, a two-run shot to extend a late-April lead. It was Martinez' final season as a pro.
- Savannah Morning News, April 25, 1990: Savannah falls short
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