By: Rebecca Serad, Sports Talk Philly Staff
Final: Detroit Tigers 11, Philadelphia Phillies 6 ❖ Attendance: 4,365
Clearwater, FLA — The Philadelphia Phillies (1-4) continued their rough start to Spring Training with a loss to the Detroit Tigers (4-1). Phillies pitchers had difficulty retiring the Tigers' hitters, with five of the eight pitchers allowing at least one run to score. Their efforts were not aided by the poor fielding. The Phillies made an inexcusable three errors in the game. Two of those errors led to unearned runs.
The offense had one good inning. The six-run fourth inning was highlighted by home-runs by Rhys Hoskins and Roman Quinn. Outside of that, however, the Phils' hitters struggled to string hits together and get timely hits. This has been a consistent issue over the last few seasons and needs to be fixed if the Phillies want to improve upon last season's record.
WP: Mike Fiers (1-0, 0.00 ERA) ❖ LP: Jerad Eickhoff (0-1, 13.50 ERA)