On the way to the Cleveland Indians concluding a 4-game sweep on Sunday at home against the Detroit Tigers, a solid Major League debut for Tribe pitcher Jeanmar Gomez trumped an old fashioned home coming effort for Vermilion native Andy Oliver in a 7-2 Indians victory at Progressive Field.
Gomez, recalled from AAA Columbus for a spot start, was outstanding, limiting the Tigers to two unearned runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four in 7.0 innings.
By the time Hector Ambriz came on the scene to pitch two scoreless innings, the issue had pretty much been settled with the help of a first inning 3-run inside the park home run from Jhonny Peralta, who sat out the first three games of the series with a high fever.
Peralta’s line shot with two out in the first bounced off the right center field wall. Tiger center fielder Ryan Rayburn just missed the catch before pushing open the Indians bullpen door in his effort for the ball that bounced back into left center field.
While Gomez was keeping the slumping Tigers off balance, Cleveland added two more runs in the fourth. The Indians got on the board with a run scoring ground out by Jason Donald and an infield hit by Michael Brantley along with a throwing error by Tiger third baseman Don Kelly that allowed the run to score.
Detroit, which lost for the fifth consecutive time, tallied twice in the sixth on an RBI double by Magglio Ordonez and a sacrifice fly by Miguel Cabrera, all after an infield error by Tribe third baseman Andy Marte.
Cleveland tacked on single runs in the seventh and eighth for good measure, getting one on a triple from Matt LaPorta and another when Jason Nix singled home another run.
Oliver, (0-4) was looking for a good first outing in his homecoming but lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up five runs just four hits including Peralta’s inside the park home run, but gave up five walks to go with his four strike outs.
For Cleveland, it was the team’s first 4-game sweep at home against Detroit since 1991. It was also the first time since 1995 and only the second time in team history that the Tribe had won its first four games after the all-star break. The other time was back in 1970.