Don Gemmell, a big burly right-hander who transferred from Cal-State Stanislaus made his first start for the Spartans. He struck out 6 batters and was at times overpowering with a low 90's fastball.
He was a starter on the Stanislaus team last year and looked good as the #3 starter this weekend. Matt Durkin pitched a few innings in relief and nearly squandered the 5-1 lead, but was able to shut down the Gaels leaving the score at 5-4.
Durkin is also a hard thrower and was popping the catcher's mitt quite often. He will need more innings to become more polished, but he has the size and ability to be a very good D-I starting pitcher. Durkin was drafted this year, but chose to come to SJS. Jahseam George pitched a scoreless 9th, getting the save.
Offensively, Brian Baker hit his 2nd homer of the young season. It was a towering shot well over the 20ft high blue wall in center. I would say it traveled well over 400 ft. His other outs in the game were also deep flies to left-center and right. He has impressed me early on and if he continues to hit like that, he will break all kinds of records.
Gabe Lopez had a couple hits, including a 2-RBI triple to deep right-center. Other notables: Dino Quintero in center field looks like a good defensive player. While I cant yet put him in the Ryan Brucker-Scott Lewis category, he might get there the more I see him play. Hector Zamora at third looks capable and Jordan Bergstrom looks like he can hit too.
I can see just from the lineups that Sam Piraro is using his customary 10-15 games at the start the season to evaluate players and see who the starters will be for the rest of the year.
The Spartans travel to Berkeley to take on the Bears this Wed at 2pm. Spartans then return home to play Cal Poly next weekend. Friday 2:30pm at Muni, Saturday 1:00pm at Blethen, and Sunday 1:00 at Muni.
LOOKING GOOD, SPARTANS!!!