Hill Goes Deep in MLB Debut
Aug. 17, 2010
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Former Lumberjack Steven Hill took advantage of his first chance to play in the big leagues on Saturday, hitting a leadoff home run in his second at-bat of his career on Sunday against the Chicag Cubs.
Hill had entered the game earlier as a replacement for Cardinal's all-star catcher Yadier Molina and after striking out in his first at-bat, led off the ninth inning with St. Louis down by a score of 9-2. He then took a 1-0 pitch from Cubs' reliever Marcos Mateo and lined it down the right field line into the first row of seats for his first big league hit.
The homer actually ignited a ninth-inning rally for the Cards, who clawed back to within 9-7 before Hill got a second at-bat with two outs and two runners on, but Chicago stopper Carolos Marmol coaxed a grounder to short to end the game.
With the debut, Hill became the first Lumberjack to ever make an appearance in a MLB game, much less hit a home run.
"It's indescribable," Hill told the Cardinals' official website after the game. "It's really one of the best experiences of my life. There are really no words I can say about it."
Hill was called up last week from AA Springfield after back-up catcher Jason LaRue was injured in a benches-clearing brawl against the Reds. He was hitting .280 and leading the Texas League with 22 home runs and 86 RBI at the time of the call-up.