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Gomez easy pick for EL Pitcher of the Week Award

By sstorm Published: May 26, 2009

No surprise here, but Aeros right-hander Jeanmar Gomez was named the Eastern League's Pitcher of the Week for the period ending May 24th.

Gomez, a native of Caracas, VZ, threw the first perfect game in Aeros franchise history May 21 in a 3-0 victory over Trenton at Waterfront Park. It was just the second nine-inning perfect game in the 76-year history of the Eastern League, and was the first individual no-hitter in team history (there were two previous combined no-hitters).

Gomez notched eight strikeouts to tie his season-high, while also getting nine groundball outs and 10 fly outs. His performance also marked the first perfect game in Waterfront Park history.

The right-hander has won all four of his starts since being promoted to Akron on April 29th from Class-A Kinston and owns a tinsy 0.31 ERA. In 29 innings, Gomez has allowed just one run, one walks and scattered nine hits while striking out 26 batter.

Gomez has delivered three consecutive quality starts to go along with 27 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings.

The 21-year old is one of the best pitchers in baseball this season, ranking second in all of minor league baseball with a .147 batting average against while leading the Cleveland organization in wins (six), strikeouts (41), and ERA (1.35).

Gomez originally signed with the Indians in 2005 as a minor league free agent. He went 5-3 with a 1.33 ERA in the Dominican Summer League that year before coming state side in 2006 where he went 4-3 with a 2.48 ERA in the Gulf Coast League. His breakout season came in 2007 when he led Class-A Lake County with 11 wins and 140.2 innings pitched.

He spent all of last season in the Carolina League, finishing 5-9 with a 4.55 ERA for Class-A Kinston, while also setting a new career-high with 110 strikeouts.

Gomez is the first Akron hurler to win a weekly award and the second Aero overall to do so, as outfielder Nick Weglarz claimed Player of the Week honors last week.

Akron opens a three-game series with the Reading Phillies tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park. Gomez (4-0, 0.31 ERA) will take the mound against Reading's Vance Worley (3-2, 3.22 ERA).

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