Twins' Gomez becomes new Web Gems leader

Updated: July 13, 2009

Jerry Lai/US Presswire

Brandon Inge has accumulated more Web Gem points than any infielder so far.

Web GemsGoing into the All-Star break, Twins center fielder Carlos Gomez put on a late defensive surge to overtake Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge for the overall Web Gems lead. Inge led Gomez by two points a week ago, but Gomez scored five Web Gem points over the week, compared to only two for Inge.

"Baseball Tonight" has been tracking great defensive plays all season, and the leaderboard -- which is published each Monday -- shows Gomez with a slight one-point lead over Inge and a three-point lead over fast-charging Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson. Inge, however, leads all fielders in Web Gem appearances with nine, followed by Mets third baseman David Wright with eight. And the Phillies lead all MLB teams with 23 Web Gem appearances, followed by the Pirates (21) and Mets (20).

Web Gem points are calculated by awarding five points for the night's top defensive play, four points for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth. Scoring is based on the Web Gems from the last "Baseball Tonight" show to air on a given night.

Web Gem points leaderboard
Carlos Gomez 27
Brandon Inge 26
Jack Wilson 24
Orlando Hudson 21
Robert Andino 20
Ryan Zimmerman 20

Web Gem appearances leaderboard (players)
Brandon Inge Detroit Third base 9
David Wright New York Mets Third base 8
Ryan Zimmerman Washington Third base 7
Carlos Gomez Minnesota Center field 7
Matt Kemp LA Dodgers Center field 6
Orlando Hudson LA Dodgers Second base 6
Jack Wilson Pittsburgh SS 6

Web Gem appearances leaderboard (teams)
Philadelphia 23
Pittsburgh 21
New York Mets 20
Washington 20
Boston 19
Cincinnati 19

Past Baseball Tonight Clubhouses: July 9 | July 8 | July 7 | July 6 | July 5

TOUCH 'EM ALL

Touch 'Em AllWho went deep? Keep track of all the home runs hit each day on "Baseball Tonight" and on the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse page.

For more, check out the Home Run Tracker page.

Home Run Tracker
NAME HR OPPPITCHER SITUATION
M. Hoffpauir, ChC8StLLohseBot 1: 0-0, 1 Outs. 2 on.
P. Feliz, Phi6PitVasquezBot 1: 0-2, 2 Outs. Gr. Slam.
C. Thomas, Det5CleOhkaBot 4: 0-0, 0 Outs. 2 on.
B. Inge, Det20CleOhkaBot 4: 1-1, 0 Outs. None on.
D. Span, Min5CWSBuehrleBot 1: 3-2, 0 Outs. None on.
C. Zambrano, ChC3StLLohseBot 4: 2-1, 1 Outs. None on.
B. Inge, Det21CleGoslingBot 5: 1-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.
C. Gomez, Min2CWSBuehrleBot 2: 1-0, 0 Outs. 2 on.
B. Harris, Min5CWSBuehrleBot 4: 0-1, 1 Outs. 1 on.
O. Salazar, Bal2TorRzepczynskiBot 6: 1-2, 1 Outs. None on.
B. Ausmus, LAD1MilGallardoTop 4: 0-1, 2 Outs. None on.
B. Schneider, NYM3CinWeathersBot 7: 0-0, 0 Outs. None on.
J. Thome, CWS14MinBakerTop 6: 2-2, 2 Outs. 2 on.
F. Tatis, NYM4CinWeathersBot 7: 0-0, 1 Outs. None on.
B. Hawpe, Col14AtlMedlenBot 2: 1-2, 0 Outs. None on.
G. Jones, Pit5PhiRomeroTop 9: 3-1, 0 Outs. None on.
O. Hudson, LAD6MilSmithTop 6: 0-0, 0 Outs. None on.
K. Kouzmanoff, SD12SFZitoTop 1: 2-2, 0 Outs. 2 on.
M. Ellis, Oak3TBHowellTop 9: 1-1, 0 Outs. None on.
T. Tulowitzki, Col16AtlMedlenBot 4: 1-0, 0 Outs. None on.
K. Matsui, Hou3WasZimmermannBot 7: 0-1, 1 Outs. 2 on.
O. Hudson, LAD7MilStetterTop 8: 1-0, 0 Outs. None on.
B. Conrad, Atl2ColDe La RosaTop 5: 2-1, 0 Outs. 1 on.
E. Alfonzo, SD2SFZitoTop 3: 0-0, 2 Outs. 2 on.
J. Hermida, Fla10AriDavisTop 4: 3-2, 1 Outs. 1 on.
J. Bowker, SF1SDCorreiaBot 5: 2-0, 1 Outs. None on.
S. Smith, Col7AtlAcostaBot 7: 0-1, 1 Outs. 1 on.
H. Blalock, Tex19SeaBedardTop 6: 2-2, 1 Outs. 1 on.
N. Cruz, Tex22SeaBatistaTop 6: 0-0, 2 Outs. None on.
W. Venable, SD1SFValdezTop 8: 0-1, 2 Outs. None on.
R. Ludwick, StL14ChCWellsTop 1: 1-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.
R. Ludwick, StL15ChCWellsTop 6: 0-0, 1 Outs. 1 on.

The complete list of Sunday's homers

ON DECK: MONDAY'S ACTION

State Farm Home Run Derby, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN360.com

The American League finally has a full four-man squad, now that Carlos Pena, the AL's home run leader with 24, has been added to the AL roster, joining Joe Mauer, Brandon Inge and Nelson Cruz. With all due respect, though, it's hard not to favor the NL's fearsome foursome of first basemen -- Prince Fielder, Adrian Gonzalez, Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols. They've combined for exactly 100 home runs so far, while the AL crew checks in with 82. Although the NL hasn't won the All-Star Game since 1996, this looks like one competition it can win -- and should win -- with ease.

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SIMON SAYS

Simon Says ESPN researcher Mark Simon digs deep, looking for the night's best baseball numbers.

Tonight, he looks at the completion of Josh Beckett's recent run of success, culminating with Sunday's three-hit shutout of Kansas City for his 100th career victory:

Josh Beckett: Last 10 starts
W-L 7-1
ERA 1.72
Quality Starts 8
Starts with 0 ER 6
K-BB 64-12
IP per start 7.3

SUNDAY'S BEST AND WORST

BEST
Ryan Ludwick• Josh Beckett's effort has already been cited above, so we'll use this space to applaud Ryan Ludwick, who hit a pair of home runs and accounted for all four Cardinals runs in St. Louis' 4-2 victory in the Sunday night game, salvaging a doubleheader sweep against the Cubs.
WORST
Mark BuehrleMark Buehrle has had a fine half-season, one that has earned him a trip to St. Louis for the All-Star Game. But he had a stinker of an outing Sunday. He gave up three home runs -- to three players with a combined total of nine entering the game. Overall, he allowed eight runs on 10 hits in only 3.1 innings as the White Sox fell to the Twins 13-7.

WEB GEMS: BUENO, VALBUENA!

NUMBERS TO KNOW: HR DERBY EDITION

Adrian Gonzalez This year's Home Run Derby features five power-hitting first basemen and three players having career years in terms of power numbers. All four batters for the National League saw over 10 percent of their fly balls carry for home runs in each of the past three seasons. Only the late All-Star addition, Carlos Pena, can claim the same thing on the American League squad.

Joe Mauer and Brandon Inge have each hit nearly as many home runs by the All-Star break as they did in the past two seasons combined. Each is hitting the same number of fly balls, but more than twice as many are carrying out of the park in 2009.

Looking for a favorite in this year's contest? Adrian Gonzalez should flourish away from the not-so-friendly confines of Petco Park. On the road this season, he has hit 16 homers on 74 fly balls (21.6%) -- a rate that's better than even Ryan Howard over the past three seasons.

Home Runs as a Percentage of Fly Balls
2007-08 2008-09
American League
Nelson Cruz, TEX 8.5% 14.9%
Brandon Inge, DET 6.6% 16.5%
Joe Mauer, MIN 4.0% 15.0%
Carlos Pena, TAM 18.0% 17.3%
National League
Prince Fielder, MIL 15.0% 16.2%
Adrian Gonzalez, SDG 11.4% 17.3%
Ryan Howard, PHI 20.6% 15.8%
Albert Pujols, STL 12.2% 18.6%

-- ESPN Stats & Information

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