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Alexis Gomez blasts four home runs for Toledo

Postby Dannomyte » Tue Aug 08, 2006 3:06 am

Alexis Gomez gave himself an early birthday present on Monday, slamming four of the Mud Hens' seven homers in Toledo's 15-8 victory over Columbus.

A day before his 28th birthday, the left-handed center fielder opened the first inning with a shot over the right-field wall. He cranked a two-run blast in the fourth to knot the score, 6-6, and a leadoff homer in the sixth before making history with a solo roundtripper in the ninth.

"It was the greatest night of my career," Gomez said.

He was hoping last year's history would not repeat itself, as he went a combined 1-for-10 in a doubleheader that lasted 24 innings Aug. 6. After going 0-for-5 in 14 innings Saturday, the Dominican Republic native said he thought, "I got to do something for my birthday."

Gomez said he was not specifically trying to hit the ball out of the park, but that Cooper Stadium allows players to see the ball well. Gomez, who hit three of them to right field, added that the stadium is conducive to lefties.

Gomez said his teammates jokingly kept asking him what he ate, although he said he did not change anything before the game. He had slugged just three long balls all year before Monday's contest.

Bubba Trammell was the last Mud Hen and International League player to have four homers in a game. He accomplished the feat on Aug. 9, 1997, in an extra-inning game in which the Mud Hens also registered seven homers. The last four-homer game in the Minor Leagues occurred May 13 by the Mexican League's Jorge Vazquez of Angelopolis.

Gomez is the third player with four blasts in Columbus history. Curt Roberts of the then-Columbus Jets and Gene Locklear of Syracuse did the same to enter the record books in 1956 and 1977 respectively.

Josh Phelps, Chris Shelton and Ryan Ludwick also homered for Toledo (61-55). Phelps hammered a two-run shot in the first, and Shelton drove in four runs, including a three-run blast in the fifth. Ludwick's solo homer in the eighth was his fifth in 10 games for the Mud Hens, who lead the league with 121 blasts.

Max St-Pierre and Ramon Santiago plated a combined three with doubles in the seventh for Toledo. Every member of the starting lineup had at least one hit and one run scored in the 18-hit attack.

Bronson Sardinha homered and Aaron Guiel and Ben Davis slugged a two-run roundtripper apiece for the Clippers (53-62). Guiel had three RBIs and Carlos Pena picked up one.

Starter Colby Lewis (6-7) yielded six runs on eight hits while striking out one and walking four in the win.

Starter Tommy Phelps (6-4) took the loss after surrendering nine runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and three walks over four frames. Veteran relievers Colter Bean and Jesus Colome also gave up a homer each to Gomez, while former Major Leaguer Ramiro Mendoza allowed four runs over two innings of relief.

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Shelton went 3 for 5 in the game with a HR and 4 RBI. Nice to see him having a good game but he is still only hitting .231 in 6 games with the Hens.
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Postby mcqfesijiba » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:28 am

Someone sure took their vitamins and had a career game. Gomez is probably the guy we see again if the Tigers decide to send Clevlen back down to play everyday and develop some more. Hopefully he saves a little bit of this if that's what the Tigers do. Of course, Clevlen's making that a tough decision and Gomez needs huge games like this to compete for a job.
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Postby moochman » Tue Aug 08, 2006 11:32 pm

A career day for Gomez, shame it's a minor league game, but...

I would hope that he could find some consistancy at the plate because we might need him before this thing is done. Granderson is entering uncharted waters, as so many of the Tigers are, and he hasn't looked that good at the plate lately.
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Postby mcqfesijiba » Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:28 am

I'm starting to think that even though he needs more development before he is ready to be a potential starter at the MLB level and is still one of the top prospects in the organization, that he's up for the rest of the year. That was a huge triple he hit yesterday, even though in the end it wasn't enough. I'm starting to smell a Granderson/Clevlen platoon from here on out at least until Clevlen's offense fades a bit.

Gomez might need another 4 HR game or two and then maybe the team will change their minds. :-)
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Postby moochman » Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:53 pm

mcqfesijiba wrote:Gomez might need another 4 HR game or two and then maybe the team will change their minds. :-)


When will they see the brilliance in Gomez :-b

I like how Cleven looks right now. Should be interesting to see how pitchers adjust to him if he continues to be productive.

How did this guy suck in AA? (or was it A ball?)
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