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Gomez Throws Perfect Game

Jeanmar Gomez delivered the first perfect game in Aeros franchise history as they defeated the Trenton Thunder by the final score of 3-0 in front of 6,344 fans at Waterfront Park on Wednesday. Gomez retired all 27 Thunder batters he faced on the day, finishing off the very first individual no-hitter in franchise history in perfect fashion. Akron takes the three-game series from Trenton (17-20) with the win, improving to 29-9 on the season.


The Aeros batters provided all the support Gomez would need in the top of the third inning by manufacturing a pair of runs. Carlos Rivero kicked off the frame with a single to left, and then Beau Mills extended his hitting streak to three games with his eighth double of the season to right field. Rivero came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Santana, and then Mills scored on a throwing error by Trenton 3B Marcos Vechionacci to give Akron the early advantage.


As the Thunder continued to put up zeroes on the scoreboard, the Aeros delivered again with a run in the seventh inning. Cristo Arnal picked up his second hit in his first day as an Akron Aero to start the rally, and Niuman Romero moved him over with a sacrifice bunt. Rivero then gathered another single, scoring Arnal and providing the final margin of the game at 3-0.


Gomez, a 21-year-old native of Venezuela, was the story for the day today as he pitched the first nine-inning, complete game shutout since Adam Miller did so in August 2006. In retiring all 27 batters, he struck out eight men, while ten hitters flied out, and nine grounded out. It was just the third no-hitter of any kind in franchise history dating back to 1989 in Canton as the two other no-hitters featured two and three pitchers respectively, during the 2003 season. In addition, Gomez’s perfect game was the first in Minor League Baseball since July 15, 2007.


With the victory, Gomez improved to 4-0 in his only four starts with the team since being promoted from Class A Kinston, and lowered his ERA from an already sparkling 0.45 to 0.31 with the perfect game. In his past six starts between Akron and Kinston, Gomez now has a 0.21 ERA in 42 innings pitched, allowing just two runs (one earned), 15 hits and four walks while gathering 37 strikeouts. Zach McAllister (2-2) took the loss for Trenton despite delivering six efficient innings and only allowing two runs on six hits for the quality start. Arnal, Rivero and Mills all had two-hit games for the Aeros, who actually stranded eight base runners and were only 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. None of this would matter today as Gomez needed little help to pick up the win and improve upon the team’s record, which remains the best in professional baseball.


Akron returns home for a seven-game home stand Friday night as they play division rivals Erie for Fireworks Night starting at 7:05 p.m. Left-hander Chuck Lofgren (3-0, 1.23 ERA), who is second in the Eastern League in ERA, will start for the Aeros against Seawolves southpaw Jon Kibler (1-3, 4.23 ERA).




Rondon, De La Cruz, now (if you haven't already) add Gomez to the list of stud starters in our system.

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Looks like a young Pedro Martinez


Watching Dave Huff get shelled again, it certainly is nice to dream. If nothing else, at least he's not another "crafty lefty".


Here's Tribe farm director Ross Atkins on Gomez


"I think first and foremost the fact he is 21 years old in Double-A jumps out at you. He is right-handed, is extremely durable, and has been up to 94 MPH. He has really developed his secondary pitches. It is what player development is all about. You have guys who are two or three years younger than the league and you put them in situations to develop and have success and learn their strides along the way. A guy like Gomez if he were coming out of say Stanford would be a junior or senior in college after three years of collegiate performance. Now we have Gomez ready to compete in Triple-A next year and hopefully become a major league candidate. He is doing more than compete right now, he is dominating Double-A, but he has only had [four] starts. We are excited and happy for him, and he is definitely someone who could come onto the scene strong."




Looks like this guy's velocity is consistently growing. Last year his fastball was supposedly in the 89-91 MPH range. From the same site, here's an excerpt from his scouting report.


His command and control is still only average and it is something the Indians are working with him to improve and they feel he has the ability to have plus command/control in the future. He has been pushed in the system the last two years where he has been one of the youngest pitchers in the league both seasons, and shown an ability to hang in there and compete even though the numbers always are not very good. Being so young, inconsistency is one of the major growing pains for pitchers his age, and is something he will need to get a handle on going forward. The breaking ball is a big key with Gomez developing into a quality starting pitcher. Being an over-the-top guy his slider may be scrapped at some point since it does not work up at that arm slot and is very hittable, so he will need to find another vertical pitch like the overhand breaking ball or split-finger. If he develops a top to bottom vertical pitch to go with his fastball, it could vault his prospect standing significantly.


It has to be hard trusting your secondary stuff when you're one of the youngest guys in the league, but with his stats so far, I can't imagine he's throwing nothing but fastballs. Let's hope he keeps making the climb and really be on the radar next year.

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