Carlos Gomez started out with a home-run in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox last night, and went on to hit a triple, double and single, thus completing the cycle in reverse order. He’s only the 8th player to do so for the franchise … the last one being Kirby Puckett back in August of 1986. The Minnesota Twins crushed the Pale Hose 13-1 (kudos to Livan Hernandez for his near shut-out) by the end of the night. This rare feat comes just one day after Chicago’s pitcher Gavin Floyd nearly had a no-hitter. Some more interesting facts about Gomez after the jump.
Gomez arrived in the Twins’ organization through the Johan Santana trade and was considered one of the Mets best prospects, as well as the best thing Minnesota got out of that deal. He waited nearly 1 hour and 45 minutes to perform last night, due to a rain delay. His reaction to the final hit, as reported by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, was: “When I go to hit, I think I hit bunt and I say, ‘No, no, no, no. You can do it. You can hit a base hit off this guy.’ I say go swinging, go hacking, and when I hit the ground ball, I close my eyes and I run and when I see the pitcher drop the ball, I say, ‘You got it! You got it!’ ”
It took Gomez just 87 career major league games and 246 at-bats to hit for the cycle. (Puckett needed 391 games and 1,691 at-bats.)
Looks like that batting practice has paid off!
And he can catch too!
Gomez is hitting .282. He’s 6’4″ and 195 lbs., and only 22 years old. As catcher Mike Redmond said of Gomez, “He set the tone for us, hitting that home run right off the bat after such a long delay. He was out and ready to go. That’s nice to see out of a young player. And what a night for him. That was unbelievable.” Here’s hoping he’ll keep producing for the team for many years to come!
(We do still miss you, Johan Santana!)