The Walk OffDarrell Ceciliani led off the bottom of the ninth with a solo home run.
The DC StoryDarrell Ceciliani was 4-for-5 with a triple and the game-winning home run. An impressed scout texted that he "smoked" four balls. Ceciliani has hit safely in all four of St. Lucie's games and is 8-for-18 overall with three walks. He's also 2-for-2 stealing bases. In 2011, Ceciliani was hampered by a pulled hamstring and hit just .245/.335/.370 in 48 games in the first half in Savannah. He said he felt great in spring training, but doesn't every player say that?
2-4, 2B, HR. He's five-for-17 (.294) but has struck out eight times in four games.
Nice 'Pen StartAdam Kolarek. The lefty entered with runners at first and third and picked up a strikeout to get out of trouble in the fifth inning and then worked a 1-2-3 sixth. In 3.1 innings this year, he's fanned four and given up just one hit.
The Walk Off2B Luis Nieves ground a single down the first base line with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th to bring home the game's first run.
It sounded like this.
The Pitching StoryRHP Tyler Pill's Savannah Debut: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K
LHP Jack Leathersich: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
RHP Jared West: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
This was my first look at Pill. He was just an absolute strike-throwing machine. I counted 52 strikes and 23 balls among his 75 offerings, a superlative strike percentage of 69%. (When I'm counting pitches on air, I'm usually within a pitch or two, but recognize that I might be off a touch.) Point stands. He threw lots and lots of strikes. In the first three innings, he threw 28 of his 34 pitches (82%) for strikes. Nuts.
And what was he throwing? His fastball was 87-89 all night on the scoreboard gun. He mixed in heavy doses of a 75-77 mph curveball and a change-up at 78-80 that had nice arm action and sink.
Jack Leathersich came on in the seventh and fanned six of the 10 batters he saw. He was sitting 88-89 with his heater and touched 91 once. His slider was 76. He got swings and misses up in the zone.
Jared West was 88-90 with a slider.
Again, the stadium gun might be light by a mile or two, but it's close.
Rome is 0-4 and has lost three 1-0 games, two to Charleston and one to Savannah. The Braves have scored one run in their first 39 innings. Wow.
Note: all of the above velocity references are off the stadium gun, which I now believe, based on conversations with other who had their own guns out last night, was about 2 mph light all night. For Pill, he was more 89-90 with some 91. For Leathersich, that puts him 90-91, with some 92. West, 90-92.