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).