Yan Gomes came back for seconds Saturday afternoon and ate well. After missing a grand slam by a few feet in the second inning, Gomes covered that distance and then some with a three-run homer in the sixth to lead the Indians to a 8-3 victory over Texas at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Indians have won seven of their last eight games, leveling their record once again at 31-31. After the game, Gomes found out that his younger brother, Juan, was drafted by the Indians in the 37th round of the first year player draft on Saturday. "It was very emotional for me," said Gomes. "I felt like I got drafted all over again." Gomes was originally drafted in the 39th round by Boston in 2006. Three years later the Blue Jays took him in the 10th round and he signed. The Indians drafted Juan Gomes out of Odessa College in Texas. They drafted him as a catcher, but he plays several positions. "Hopefully, he resembles his brother," said manager Terry Francona. Gomes homered off Nick Tepesch, the same pitcher he came up short against in the second. This time he went down in the strike zone and drove a 1-1 curveball 404 feet over the center field fence for his seventh homer. "It's early in the game, you're trying to get some runs and you hit the ball good and have nothing to show for it," said Gomes. "It really frustrates you. "Then I get another chance in the fourth (two out, two on) and ground out. I'm like, 'Come on man, I've got to be able to drive the ball somewhere.'" In his first two at-bats, Gomes swung at fastballs. In the sixth he waited for Tepesch's curveball. "I took a pretty good swing at it," said Gomes. "I thought the pitch was right there." Texas native Josh Tomlin (4-2, 3.12) went eight innings for the win. He allowed three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Tomlin came out for the ninth, but gave up a leadoff single to Adrian Beltre and John Axford came on to finish. First pitch temperature was 91 degrees.
Yan Gomes, Carlos Santana homer as Cleveland Indians trounce Texas, 8-3
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jun 8