LINCOLN, Neb. | Former major leaguer Shairon Martis had a strong pitching outing to subdue Sioux City 4-1 in an American Association baseball game at Haymarket Park Saturday evening.
Martis was making his third start of the season for the Saltdogs after pitching for the Orioles' minor league affiliate in Norfolk, Virginia. A 30-year-old native of Curacao, Martis went 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA in eight relief outings after joining the AAA club from extended spring training in June but was released on July 24. He struck out four and gave up seven hits with no walks over eight innings of work to improve to 2-1 for Lincoln.
Martis was elevated to the Nationals' major league roster as a 21-year-old and started 19 games over the next two seasons, going 6-6. He also returned to the majors briefly with the Twins in 2013 and had six relief appearances.
Lincoln gave Martis an early lead to work with when it jumped on Sioux City starting pitcher Hobbs Johnson for three runs on four hits and a walk in the second inning.
Sioux City got its lone run of the evening in the fourth frame when Tyler Ogle led off the inning with a double and scored on LeVon Washington's one-out single. The Saltdogs got the run back quickly when Joe Robbins hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth.
That was the last run that Johnson allowed as he was solid after the rough second inning. Johnson gave up 12 hits and walked on while fanning four. He lost his seventh straight decision and is now 3-7.
Sioux City (39-40) will look to win the four-game series when it wraps up the set Sunday afternoon before returning home to host a three-game series with Fargo-Moorhead starting Tuesday. The win was the first in six games with Sioux City for the Saltdogs this season.