WP: Keyton Gibson (1-0) || LP: Byron Yelverton (0-1) ||S: Jake Lee (1)
1. Cole Pitts looks to be the midweek starter, but...
We don't seem to know how Cole Pitts is going to be this season, and last night didn't really shed a whole lot of light. Pitts was only able to pitch two innings last night before having to come out and faced 10 batters. He gave up one run on four hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
I don't know what the cause of him only going two innings was, but I think that for the time being, he'll remain the midweek starter.
Compared to last season, Pitts' performance last night was actually pretty impressive, as Pitts had a bit of a rough season last year. The only thing that really concerns me is the amount of hits he was giving up last night. Giving up four hits in two innings isn't that great, especially since he only faced eight batters (.500 opposing batting average).
2. Brandon Gold has a very nice bat (and the offense is still good)
That's a very nice swing right there, and it was good to see Gold get his opportunity in the lineup. In addition to that home run in the end of the game, he also had a pretty solid game, finishing 2-of-5 with that home run and three RBIs. Unfortunately, though, he also had two strikeouts.
The other part of the offense that was very impressive was Matt Gonzalez, who has just been impressive all season, a nice change for a player that normally gets off to a slow start. He finished 2-of-5 with a home run and two RBIs. One of those RBIs came in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game up at three runs each. Gonzalez has been absolutely clutch this season, and it's nice to see him get off to a good start.
Trevor Craport and Kel Johnson both had rough days though. They went a combined 0-for-13 last night. I'm pretty sure it was just a game and these two will be right back in it this weekend.
3. Tech has a lot of freshman pitchers, and they're pretty good
Just last night, the Yellow Jackets used FIVE freshman pitchers. That's very good for the future. Bobby Gavreau and Micah Carpenter.
Gavreau pitched the last couple of innings before the free baseball started. In his two innings, Gavreau faced six batters and struck out three of them. Carpenter pitched a couple innings in extra innings and also faced six batters, but he struck out four of them.
Combined, Tech's five freshman pitchers pitched 10 innings, facing 38 batters and giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits and had 10 strikeouts and one walk. That's pretty impressive, and it should be fun to see how they continue to progress throughout the rest of the season.
What did you learn from Georgia Tech's extra-inning victory last night?