Gomez hits two home runs, Suarez strikes out eight

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC / SJ / AUG

Miguel Gomez continues to amaze this season with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, as he has year after year since making his United States debut in 2015 with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

The switch hitter clubbed two home runs from the left side on Sunday in Harrisburg — his fourth and fifth of the year. They were parts one and two of a three-hit day for Gomez, who pushed his slash line to .337/.370/.497 with a 142 wRC+. He has never finished a season with a batting average below .315 since 2013 and owns a career .826 OPS in five and a half minor league seasons, including an .878 OPS since making his full-season debut in 2016 with the Augusta GreenJackets.

Gomez is currently second in the Eastern League in batting average, 10th in OPS, and 10th in wRC+, all while having the seventh lowest strikeout percentage. In fact, the most interesting thing about Gomez is that he has now reached the amount of plate appearances he received after his promotion from Augusta to San Jose last year. One would think he would have posted better numbers in the California League as opposed to the Eastern League, knowing the hitter friendly characteristics of the former and the pitcher friendly characteristics of the latter. 

But remarkably, in 182 trips to the plate with the San Jose Giants, Gomez posted a .267/.302/.500 line. His ISO was unsurprisingly 73 points higher in California compared to Richmond. But his OPS is 55 points higher in Richmond, his wRC+ 33 higher, and his strikeout rate 2.9% lower. 

Andrew Suarez was on the mound for his ninth start of the year. His last three outings have been his best string of starts, totaling 19.2 innings, 15 hits, 5 runs, 5 walks, and 20 strikeouts. During the stretch, he has thrown 61 percent strikes, including 11 percent swinging strikes. On Sunday, he induced a season-high 14 swinging strikes, which led him to tie his season-high in strikeouts with eight. It was also the first time this season he had eclipsed the 100-pitch mark.

OTHER NOTES

Austin Slater collected two hits on Sunday in Reno, and both went for extra bases. Featured below is his fourth home run of the season, while he also added his 11th double. It brought his batting line up to .317/.380/.457 with a strikeout rate just a tick below 20 percent.

Conner Menez was part of a pitchers' dual in San Jose facing the Modesto Nuts. He threw 100 pitches for the first time as a pro and failed to allow a run for the first time in 2017. It lowered his ERA to 3.24 as the lefty went 6.2 innings with seven baserunners to his name. Though surprisingly, five of the seven were walks.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Tyler Beede: 6 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  2. Christian Arroyo: DNP
  3. Bryan Reynolds: 1-for-4, R, SO
  4. Steven Duggar: DNP
  5. Chris Shaw: 0-for-3, BB
  6. Sandro Fabian: 0-for-4, SO
  7. Heath Quinn: 0-for-3, BB, SO
  8. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  9. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  10. Andrew Suarez: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 K
  11. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  12. Matt Krook: DNP
  13. Aramis Garcia: 1-for-4
  14. C.J. Hinojosa: 2-for-4, SO
  15. Reyes Moronta: DNP
  16. Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
  17. Austin Slater: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, BB, SO
  18. Kelvin Beltre: 0-for-3, BB, SO
  19. Dan Slania: DNP
  20. Cory Taylor: DNP
  21. Chris Stratton: DNP
  22. Chase Johnson: DNP
  23. Jalen Miller: 0-for-4, SO
  24. Melvin Adon: DNP
  25. Garrett Williams: DNP
  26. Dylan Davis: 1-for-4
  27. Ryder Jones: 1-for-4, R
  28. Hunter Cole: 0-for-4, SO
  29. Miguel Gomez: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR
  30. Ryan Howard: 0-for-4, 2 SO

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