After five straight wins to start their spring, the Tigers lost their first Grapefruit League game against the Houston Astros. Phil Coke last three innings and while he gave up a run, he pitched a pretty strong game with four strikeouts in three innings. Duane Below had a tough time and he gave up four runs in his two frames while Joaquin Benoit struck out one in a scoreless inning.
On the hitting side, Casper Wells went two for three with a walk, an RBI and a run. He saw time in both left field and center while Clete Thomas doubled, drove in a run and scored one.
Next up are the Braves and the game is on ESPN so it’s the first chance Tiger fans will get to see their team locally. Game time is 1:05 and Max Scherzer gets the start. Ryan Perry, Robbie Weindhardt, Brendan Wise, Adam Wilk and Alberto Alburquerque are all slated to pitch today. Brad Penny is expected to throw a simulated game this morning and also don’t forget that single game tickets go on sale this Saturday.