Phils fall to Tigers in Lee’s debut

Lee only gave up one hit in his first Grapefruit League start. (Photo by: Getty Images)

Another day another ace. Tuesday marked the spring debut of free agent acquisition Cliff Lee as the Phillies fell to the Detroit Tigers 6-2.

Lee went two innings, allowing two runs on one hit while striking out three and walking a batter. Brian Schneider and Josh Barfield had good days at the plate, both going two-for-three.

Jimmy Rollins had his first RBI of the spring on an RBI single that scored Barfield. Ben Francisco also knocked in a run on an RBI groundout to first base.

Francisco did not register a hit, going zero-for-three today but knocked in his fifth run of the spring. He has is .400 so far this spring, going 4-for-10 with a home run and five RBIs.

The Tigers jumped out early on Lee with Ryan Rayburn hitting an RBI triple. First baseman Dom Kelly then plated Rayburn on a sacrifice fly.

Rayburn had a huge day for the Tigers. He went two-for-three with two home runs and three RBIs.

Phillies fans continue to wait for Domonic Brown to register a hit this spring. He is 0-for-12 so far this spring. It’s too early to panic about the young leftfielder. But he does need to improve his play soon since Francisco already has a leg up on him.

2B: Barfield (1)

WP: Oliver (1-0). LP: Lee (0-1).

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