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5.08.2008

Cargo A-Gogo Has Only One Speed

This kid is fricking amazing.
Torii who? As a Minnesota Twins rookie, to hear your name in the same breath as Kirby Puckett's has got to be pretty sweet.

Speedy center fielder Carlos Gomez hit for the cycle Wednesday night during the Twins 13-1 pounding of the struggling Chicago White Sox, just a day after being one-hit by Gavin Floyd.

Gomez, who went 4-for-6 with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored, homered off Mark Buehrle on the game’s third pitch, trucked around the bases like he had a chance of being thrown out. He showed off his wheels again in the fifth with an RBI triple, doubled in a run in the sixth and completed the cycle with an infield single to lead off a six-run ninth.

Acquired from the New York Mets in the Johan Santana trade, Gomez became just the eighth player in Twins history to hit for the cycle and the first since Puckett on Aug. 1, 1986... 8 months after GoGo was born in the Dominican Republic.

Livan Hernandez took a shutout into the ninth, allowing nine hits, striking out three and walking one in his first complete game since last May to give the Sox their seventh loss in eight games. Nick Punto drove in five to send Minnesota on its merry way to a tied series and its sixth victory in seven games for a 1.5-game lead in the AL Central.

But don't listen to me! This guy will tell you all about it in his own special way.

[Nick & Nick] | [] | [Aaron Gleeman] | [Those Twins Girls]


3 Comments:

randball's stu said...

Is it weird that I'm more surprised by Nick Punto having 5 RBI than Gomez's cycle?

Still, that was kind of neat.

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