Darrell Ceciliani is doing everything he can to win a job in Spring Training. He hit an eighth inning two-run home run off of Philadelphia's Dalier Hinojosa to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead as the Blue Jays beat the Phillies 2-1 on Monday afternoon.
The real story will be Marcus Stroman who gave up three hits and struck out three over four innings in his last start before he takes the mound at Tropicana Field on Sunday afternoon. He finishes the Spring with a 1.98 ERA. Spring statistics mean little, but it's nice to see Stroman appear to pick up where he left off last October.
Ceciliani's home run was his third of the Spring and he is now hitting .400 as he appears to be battling with Ezequiel Carrera for the final spot on the Blue Jays bench. He is on the outside, due to his options situation but is making the most of his opportunities.
The Blue Jays bullpen looked good as Jesse Chavez pitched two perfect innings, striking out three. Randy Choate allowed the lone run, allowing a solo shot to Darin Ruf. Ruf is a right-handed batter, and in a usual game is not someone Choate would usually face.
Offensively, the Jays only could muster two hits and three walks off of Philadelphia fifth starter Vincent Velasquez and both of those hits were by Kevin Pillar. Josh Thole added the lone other hit off of Hinojosa.
One regular who was not in the lineup was Edwin Encarnacion who played in a minor league game, and he hit a home run in that one.