Tennessee has had some successful players in the MLB over the last few years. Todd Helton is arguably the best player in Colorado Rockies history, and R.A. Dickey won the Cy Young in 2012.
Now another former Vol can add a huge postseason play to his career.
Yan Gomes played for Tennessee in 2007 and 2008 and played every infield position except for shortstop in his career. He was named a Freshman All-American and finished with 13 home runs, 82 RBI, and batted over .300 in his Tennessee career.
Gomes was drafted in the 39th round of the 2008 MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox. He made his MLB debut in 2012 with the Toronto Blue Jays and has played for the Cleveland Indians since 2013. Gomes is known for his home run power and has been used as both a primary and backup catcher in the major leagues.
And on Friday night, he was the reason Cleveland won Game 2 of their American League Division Series game against the New York Yankees.
Gomes came to the plate in the bottom of the 13th inning with the Indians and Yankees tied at 8 runs apiece. He pushed his plate appearance to a full count with a runner on second base, and here’s what he did:
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) October 7, 2017
That hit was only Gomes’ fourth postseason hit in his career (he had one earlier in the game as well), and the RBI was his first postseason RBI of his career.
Gomes has played in 540 games in his MLB career. He’s hitting .244 in his career with 71 home runs, 260 RBI, and 218 runs scored.