Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez struggled in his last appearance prior to Wednesday afternoon’s contest against the Seattle Mariners. He gave up four earned runs in one inning on June 2 before being removed from the game with tightness in his forearm. After being activated from the 15-day disabled list today, Gomez decided to show another flash of brilliance in a stellar outing.
The 25-year-old allowed just one run on three hits and struck out five batters in five innings. The outstanding performance lowered his season earned run average down to 2.76 in 12 appearances (seven starts) in 2013. More importantly, the Pirates are now 8-0 when Gomez makes a start for them.
Even though he has only received one win in those eight outings, the fact that he continues to deliver time and time again certainly reflects well on his teammates. Not to mention, going ahead-to-ahead against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and coming out unscathed is quite impressive, especially since the right-hander pitched very well too.
Gomez struggled mightily in his three seasons with the Cleveland Indians prior to joining forces with Pittsburgh in the offseason. Many questioned what the struggling pitcher would be able to bring to the table, and obviously, the question has been answered.
The Pirates are just a half game back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central division, and a good chunk of their success is because of what Gomez has been able to accomplish this year. Hopefully, he will be able to keep it up and make a name for himself in Pittsburgh for years to come.