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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Gomez breaks HR-rob mark, Reds hearts

By Mark Simon

Milwaukee Brewers centerfielder Carlos Gomez is hitting only .192 with 18 strikeouts in 52 at-bats against the Cincinnati Reds this season.

But he’s having as significant an impact as any star hitter on the Reds division title and postseason hopes.

Gomez made his second robbery of a potential game-winning homer by a Reds hitter this season in Sunday’s win, snaring one from Jay Bruce in a game the Brewers would win in the bottom of the ninth inning. He also had one against Joey Votto earlier this season.

Baseball Info Solutions has been charting home-run robberies for the past 10 seasons.

Gomez now has five of them this season, the most of any player in the time they’ve been charting. His other three have come against Carlos Gonzalez, John Mayberry Jr. and Marlon Byrd.

Gomez entered Sunday’s game with 31 Defensive Runs Saved. That’s the most by a centerfielder in the major leagues this season and his homer-rob should push him ahead of Franklin Gutierrez’s 2009 season (32 Defensive Runs Saved) for the most Runs Saved by a centerfielder in the 11 seasons for which BIS has been tracking that stat.