Gomez dazzles as Clippers earn 2-0 win
It’s only been three games since the All-Star break, but it will be tough for any Columbus Clippers’ pitcher to replicate the type of performance Jeanmar Gomez had Friday night in Indianapolis.
The right-hander went the distance against the first-place Indians, pitching a complete-game shutout. Led by Gomez’s start—perhaps the best by any Clippers’ starter this season—Columbus beat Indianapolis, 2-0. Columbus (47-64) has now won four of its past six games against a team that leads the IL West by 10 games and is more than 20 games over the .500 mark.
With starts like the one Gomez had Friday, the Clippers could have a chance to make a serious push at the IL Wild Card. Columbus trails Pawtucket by four games in the Wild Card race after being back more than eight games back less than a month ago.
It will not be easy for Columbus pitchers to perform like Gomez did during the club’s 2-0 win, though.
Gomez allowed just two hits while striking out seven and walking two. Making his third start for the Clippers, Gomez recorded his second win and brought his ERA down to 1.71.
The right-hander had no trouble shaking off any All-Star break rust early.
Gomez struck out the side in the bottom of the first inning, and preceded to retire the next seven batters he faced. The Indians did not have a batter reach base until Chase d’Arnaud singled to left field with one out in the bottom of the fourth frame. Gomez got rid of d’Arnaud quickly; the right-hander froze him with a pick-off move and d’Arnaud was gunned down at second base.
Indianapolis did not have much better luck at the plate the rest of the night. Only three more Indians would reach base, with none getting past second base. Gomez ended his night like he started it; better, in fact. The right-hander retired the final 14 Indians that stepped to the plate.
Columbus wasn’t great at the plate, but they got the run they needed in the top of the third inning. Left-fielder Tim Fedroff led off the inning with a triple to deep-center field and scored on a wild-pitch by Indians’ starter Daniel Cabrera, who also pitched a complete game, two batters later.
The Clippers’ added to their lead in the next inning with a solo-home run by right fielder Vinny Rottino.
Columbus and Indianapolis will play game four of the series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. With a win, the Clippers will guarantee their second-straight series win against the IL West leader.