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Jeanmar Gomez, RHP, Indians (Double-A Akron)
Thursday's stats: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K
Five days ago, we tipped you off to Gomez, who fired eight shutout innings to lower his Eastern League ERA to 0.45. On Thursday afternoon, he did one better, firing the first perfect game in the minors in nearly two years. In four starts for Akron, the 21-year-old Venezuelan has put up some PlayStation-worthy numbers, giving up just nine hits and one walk over 29 innings for a miniscule WHIP of 0.34.
Literally twice as old as the opposition
John Smoltz, RHP, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville)
Thursday's stats: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
The largest age difference for Smoltz last night was when he faced Augusta shortstop Ehire Adrianza, who is 22 years and three months younger than the eight-time All-Star. Fun facts aside, Smoltz's first rehab outing was a rousing success, as he threw free and easy, threw strikes, got up to 92 mph with his fastball and felt fine when the night was done.
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