Cliff Lee talks about the Phils and having a healthy start to this year
The Phillies didn't look very good today at their home park in Clearwater this afternoon. The Detroit Tigers broke open a slim 1-0 lead by the Phillies in the 5th inning and rocked Jonathan Papelbon for 6 runs on 5 hits this afternoon, handing the ace closer his first blown save of the Grapefruit League in 2013.
When the dust had settled the Tigers racked up a 10-1 win, and left Papelbon with a 81.00 ERA. I always think you can discount a lot of Spring Training games, but this one was downright disheartening.
The bright spot was that Cliff Lee looked sharp vs the Tigers and held them in check for 2.0 innings, while Tyler Cloyd also held the Tigers scoreless for another 2.0 innings. Ryan Howard accounted for the lone RBI for the Phillies with a sacrifice fly that scored Yuniesky Betancourt (we have to come up with a good nickname for him if he makes the team).
Jonathan Papelbon on the other hand looked like he self destructed out there on the mound today and gave up 2 HR one of which was a two run shot, and then a moon shot to left by Miguel Cabrera that sailed over the stands in deep left field that scored three more. It was possibly the longest HR at Brighthouse Field according to the Phillies announcer, Tom McCarthy.
The Tigers radio broadcast noted that Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, and Darin Ruf played most of the game, and Charlie Manuel must have been mad at them to make them stay in through the whole game. Not to mention possibly that Ryan's contract has him being paid $25M dollars this year, and this is what baseball players do.
Bring on the Yankees tomorrow in Clearwater at 1 PM.