Gomes leads Dogs in offensive explosion
Blue Jays prospect homers, doubles, drives in three runs
The Blue Jays prospect homered, doubled, drove in three runs and scored twice as the Phoenix Desert Dogs defeated the Surprise Saguaros, 12-8.
Drafted in the 10th round in 2009, Gomes hit .250 with 13 homers and 51 RBIs in 71 games for Double-A New Hampshire. He also played four games for Triple-A Las Vegas, batting just .214 with one extra-base hit.
The 24-year-old catcher has gotten on base in his past seven AFL contests, hitting .333 while scoring six times and driving in five runs. Of his eight hits, four have gone for extra bases.
The Desert Dogs got off to a fast start against the Saguaros, plating 10 runs in the first two innings. Grant Green (Athletics), Brodie Green (Reds) and Dusty Coleman (Athletics) each went deep, knocking in a combined seven runs. Gomes doubled in Phoenix's seven-run second to drive in Rob Segedin (Yankees), then came home after two wild pitches by Brendan Lafferty (Royals).
The only time the Desert Dogs scored after that was when Gomes hit a two-run shot off the Rays' Kirby Yates in the sixh. His average currently stands at .255, much improved from the .194 mark he owned before his on-base streak began.
Down through seven, 12-4, the Saguaros made it interesting by scoring four in the eighth. After Anthony Capra (Athletics) walked the first three batters of the frame, Rangers prospect Ryan Strausborger was hit by a pitch, and fellow Texas farmhand Leury Garcia lofted a sacrifice fly. Following a pitching change, Christian Colon (Royals) smacked an RBI single off Andrew Carignan (Athletics) and Mike Olt (Rangers) drew a bases-loaded walk. Carignan then got Joe Terdoslavich (Braves) to pop out to end the frame.
Blue Jays prospects Anthony Gose and Kevin Ahrens both finished with two hits for the Desert Dogs, scoring three runs between them. All nine players in the Phoenix lineup got on base at least once, with all of them crossing home plate as well.
Rays first-rounder Mikie Mahtook led the Surprise offense, going 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored as he raised his average to .354. Garcia tripled and drove in three out of the No. 9 spot.
Starter Murphy Smith (Athletics) earned the win for the Desert Dogs, yielding three runs on four hits over four innings while striking out seven. Ryan Kelly (Rangers) did not make it out of the second for the Saguaros, falling to 0-2 after surrendering six runs on five hits in just 1 1/3 frames.