Being tasked to pitch an extra inning with a runner automatically starting on second base isn’t easy. Doing it twice is exponentially more challenging. Still, Rangers reliever Brett Martin didn’t waver when tasked with this challenge against the Giants on Wednesday. He allowed one hit and an unearned run while lasting two innings. His success on the mound kept Texas in the game, which was key towards their walkoff win.
This was Martin’s first win of 2021. He’s now 1-2 with a 3.13 ERA through 24 games. The southpaw has allowed just four runs since May 2, and all four came this past Sunday. Dominant on the road and in night games, Martin has risen to the upper tier of the Texas bullpen.