A three-run home run do in the Phils as they lose to the Tigers, 6-3.
The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, then stole third. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Ty Wigginton hits an RBI double, knocking in Pence. The Tigers got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Prince Fielder hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brennan Boesch, who had earlier tripled, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Tigers then tied the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Don Kelly hits an RBI triple, knocking in pinch runner Brent Diugach, who was pinch running for Ryan Raburn, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 6-4, forcing out pinch runner Rawley Bishop, who was pinch running for Prince Fielder, who had earlier walked. The Tigers then took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Tyler Collins hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring Gerald Laird, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Andy Dirks’ walk, and Dirks, who had just walked, giving the Tigers a 5-2 lead. The Tigers then made it a 6-2 lead in the eighth as, with two men out, James McCann hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils got a run back in the ninth as, with two men out, Cody Overbeck hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, making it a 6-3 Tigers’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Chris Bootcheck got Tuffy Gosewisch to fly out to left for the game’s final out.
Scott Elarton got a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on two hits and four walks. David Herndon blew his second save attempt of the spring as he went two innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Joe Savery (1-1, 4.26) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while he struck out one. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Justin Verlander also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out three. Phil Coke (1-0, 1.80) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out two. Jose Valverde collected his second hold of the spring, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chris Bootcheck pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit.
The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (Singles) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double) leading the team with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Double, RBI), Cody Overbeck (Home Run, RBI), Tuffy Gosewisch (Double) and Miguel Abreu (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a stolen base in the game.