Sister Kisser in Clearwater

By on March 10, 2016

 

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Clearwater, Fla. — The Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers battled to a 6-6 tie Thursday in a spring training game at Bright House Field in Clearwater. The Phils had a one-run lead heading into the ninth inning, but the Tigers plated a pair of runs – and then saw that lead evaporate with one swing of a Philadelphia bat in the bottom of the frame. The tie was likely rather disappointing for the Tigers, who pounded out 16 hits on the day. Unfortunately, the team was just 3-for-20 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 ducks on the pond.

Philadelphia starting pitcher Aaron Nola survived a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first, and then watched as teammate Maikel Franco put the Phillies on the board with a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame. The Tigers answered with a two-run blast of their own in the top of the third, courtesy of catcher James McCann. Detroit tacked on a single run in the top of the fourth, but once again Franco stepped up and delivered for Philly: his second two-run shot of the game put Philadelphia up by a run at the end of the fourth inning. Detroit tied the game in the fifth thanks to a botched run-down play, which was not scored as an error but still represented some sloppy work by the Philadelphia defense.

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The Phillies took the lead in the bottom of the sixth: Darnell Sweeney led off the inning with a double, and he scored when Tigers’ left fielder Steven Moya bobbled Angelys Nina’s single. That cushion held up until the top of the ninth, when Mike Gerber led off with a triple against Philadelphia reliever Ernesto Frieri and scored on Austin Green’s sacrifice fly to right field. One out later, Tommy Field lofted a solo homer that just cleared the wall in left field. The Phillies were far from finished, though: Ryan Jackson led off the bottom of the ninth with his first homer of the spring, tying the game and robbing Detroit lefty Kevin Ziomek of the opportunity for a save.

Nola struggled through a rather rough outing in his two and two-thirds innings of work, allowing four hits, two earned runs, a walk and a hit batsman. On the day, Nola threw 65 pitches, 45 of which were strikes. Offensively, Franco’s two homers and four RBIs led the way for Philadelphia, while Sweeney went 1-1, was hit by a pitch and scored a pair of runs.

Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann allowed two home runs to Franco, which made for a rather forgettable stat line. The former Washington National threw 49 pitches on the day, 33 of which were strikes. Besides McCann’s two-run homer, the Tigers’ highlights included three hits and a stolen base by shortstop Jose Iglesias, and two hits, a steal and a run scored by outfielder Wynton Bernard.

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The Phillies will travel to Lake Buena Vista for a date with the Atlanta Braves on Friday, March 11, and then the Phils return home to host the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday, March 12 at Bright House Field.

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