Last season, Yan Gomes from Sao Paolo, Brazil made his major league debut with the Toronto Blue Jays. Gomes was the first Brazilian to play in the major leagues.
Gomes, now a member of the Indians, didn’t play yesterday as the Tribe defeated the Angels, 3-1, to complete a three-game sweep and enabled Terry Francona‘s boys to improve their record to 69-58 an improvement over last season’s final record of 68-94.
I’m sure that Gomes celebrated the White Sox, 5-2, win over the Royals not just because it keeps Cleveland ahead of Kansas City amongst teams who are chasing a Wild Card slot. But I bet the Gomes was pleased that White Sox rookie Andre Rienzo, also from Sao Paolo and the second MLBrazillian, earned the win, the first victory for a pitcher from Brazil.
The White Sox were helped by a Dayan Viciedo grand slam as they won their fifth straight, their longest streak of the season.
“Brazil is just about soccer. I’m trying to open doors,” explained Rienzo (1-0) to reporters after the game. “It’s all soccer, soccer, soccer. I hope that I will open doors and people will see more guys playing baseball.”
I’m with him.