How could a pitcher possibly show any value in a game in which he started and gave up eight earned runs, four walks, nine hits and one home run in only 6.2 innings pitched?
Gomez was able to tough it out on a night when he clearly didn't have his usual hard sinking stuff and gave his main bullpen guys a night off going into a tough series against the Boston Red Sox where the bullpen could be called upon heavily.
Gomez could have easily checked out mentally and given up more runs, thereby leaning on the bullpen even more to pitch some garbage innings. After giving up a six-spot in the fourth inning, Gomez bore down, went another 2.2 scoreless innings and gave the "Bullpen Mafia" extra rest.
This was the second time in the young season that Gomez showed moxie and took one for the team.
The first such instance was in July when he drilled Mike Moustakas of the Royals in the back in retaliation for Shin-Soo Choo getting hit by a Jonathan Sanchez pitch. This show of teamwork got him ejected early in the game, but it was something that needed to be done, and Gomez did the deed.
Don't get me wrong here. This wasn't a quality start or a good start or even an okay start by Gomez, but it did have some value for the Tribe on a night where it is difficult to find a silver lining.
Gomez is a solid fifth starter for the Tribe and these type of starts will be few and far between.
This start should have been a learning experience for Gomez where he learned to keep battling on a night where he didn't have anything close to his best stuff.
The next start will be a test for Gomez to see if he can bounce back and produce a quality start and contribute to the team where he he can be the most valuable—in the win column.