SAN FRANCISCO: Indians catcher Yan Gomes and his wife, Jenna, are expecting their first child — a baby girl — any moment. All the waiting has left Gomes a bag of nerves for the last week, especially when his cellphone rings with a call from Jenna back in Cleveland.
“I’m about past the nervous part and on to the come-on-already phase,” Gomes half-joked before Saturday’s game. “I even went out yesterday and bought the baby a couple dresses here in the city. I can’t even pronounce the name of the [boutique] I went to, but that’s probably why the clothes cost so much.”
Gomes also asked his teammates who have babies what in the world he’s supposed to pack in his hospital overnight bag, noting his wife’s bag is already packed and next to the door.
“I mean, I’m a guy,” Gomes said, “so what am I supposed to bring? But the big thing the guys told me was to pack snacks. Snacks and comfortable clothes in case we’re there for a while.”
When Gomes does finally get the call, the Indians will place him briefly on the paternity list. However, without another catcher besides third baseman/catcher Carlos Santana on the team’s 40-man roster, a move will be necessary to add depth behind the plate until Gomes returns.
HOLDING PATTERN — During the Giants’ broadcast of Saturday’s game, an infographic was shown onscreen indicating Indians pitchers have the worst “shutdown inning” percentage in the major leagues at 54 percent, compared to a league average of 72 percent. The term shutdown means that after the Indians score in their half of an inning, their pitcher holds the opposition scoreless in its half.
— Stephanie Storm