Watching from the dugout at Appalachian Power Park the past few nights taught Savannah right-hander Tyler Pill a few things about Charleston's new ballpark.
From a pitcher's perspective, at least, he didn't particularly like what he saw.
"It's a band box,'' said Pill. "The dimensions are small.''
In light of what he deemed hitter-friendly conditions, Pill had good reason to feel uncomfortable in the sixth inning Friday night.
The Power loaded the bases with none out and threatened to erase a two-run deficit but Pill, pitching with the efficiency that has set him apart this season, minimized the damage in helping the Sand Gants to a 6-2 victory over the Power. A paid crowd of 3,147 attended.
Pill, who pitched for Cal State-Fullerton in the 2009 College World Series, yielded singles to Greg Polanco, Jose Osuna and Dan Gamache to load the bases in the sixth and allowed one run — on Chris Lashmet's infield out — but escaped trouble with a strikeout and a caught stealing. The inning ended with the Sand Gants leading 3-2.
A little luck helped, he admitted.
"I made some good pitches and got away with some,'' said Pill. "They fouled some pitches off that maybe weren't the best. Ultimately I made some good pitches, and the defense got me out of it.''
Through it all, he paid no mind to the hitter-friendly conditions.