Tomás Gustavo Gil Guillén
(born April 19
), better known as Gus Gil
, is a former Major League Baseball second baseman
who played with the Cleveland Indians
(1967), Seattle Pilots
(1969), and Milwaukee Brewers
Gil was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He was a sure-handed fielder and did his job well playing for three teams in four seasons. Unfortunately, like many infielders of his time, Gil had a light bat.
Career highlights include:
- a game-tying, 2-run pinch-hit double in the top of the 9th against the New York Yankees, then scored to put the Pilots ahead to stay, winning 5-4 (June 14, 1969)
- a walk-off, 2-run double with two outs in the bottom of the 9th for the Brewers as they came from behind and defeated the Minnesota Twins, 4-3 (June 23, 1970)
- drove in both Milwaukee runs with a pair of sacrifice flies in a 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals (July 5, 1970)
- hit the first and only home run of his major league career, a solo shot against Chicago White Sox left-hander Jim Magnuson (August 5, 1970)
- hit a combined .469 (15-for-32) against All-Star pitchers Rollie Fingers, Mudcat Grant, Lindy McDaniel, Blue Moon Odom, Gary Peters, Sonny Siebert, and Mel Stottlemyre
In his career, Gil batted .186 (87-for-468) with one home run, 27 RBI, 34 runs, 16 doubles and five stolen bases. His performance as a fielder was much better, with 186 putouts, 192 assists and 36 double plays, but only 5 errors out of 383 total chances for a .982 fielding percentage.