Jonder Martinez had quite the Intercounty Baseball League playoff debut Friday night.
The Kitchener Panthers righty walked one, struck out nine and gave up two hits in seven innings of work to lead the Panthers to a 9-1 win over the Brantford Red Sox.
On offense, it was a true team effort for the home side at Jack Couch Park.
Zach Johnson was one-for-four with two RBI.
Four others --- Tanner Nivins, Mike Gordner, Brian Burton and Mike Glinka --- had an RBI each.
It started off slow, with Burton's sac fly RBI in the first inning the only offense.
But the Panthers came through with a five-run fifth inning to blow the game wide open.
Jose Bautista --- not the former Blue Jay --- pitched five innings for the Red Sox.
He gave up seven hits, six runs (four earned), walked four and struck out three and took the loss.
The win gives the Panthers a 2-0 series lead, and a chance to close out the series at home Sunday afternoon.