Alfredo Simon awful as Detroit Tigers blown out
By Matt Pelc
After two solid outings for Alfredo Simon, the Detroit Tigers newcomer has fallen off the rails, putting his team into a 6-0 hole en route to an 11-2 loss to the New York Yankees in Lakeland on Friday afternoon.
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Simon allowed several hard hit balls in the first inning and Detroit was behind 2-0 before the first out was recorded. Rob Refsnyder hit the hardest hit ball, a two-run homer to tally six runs in the inning. Simon pitched two more, scoreless, innings.
A bit of good news in a lost game was the fact that four very important relievers all pitched fairly well. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect fourth inning, Bruce Rondon struck out two but also allowed a solo homer to Alex Rodriguez. Joba Chamberlain recorded two strikeouts in a perfect sixth inning. Joakim Soria pitched the seventh inning without incident.
Alex Wilson, a notable throw-in piece in the Yoenis Cespedes–Rick Porcello trade has not been sharp this spring and that continued today three runs on two hits and Alberto Cabrera also allowed a Yankees’ run.
On the offensive side of things, most Tigers continued to struggle though Cespedes notched a pair of hits and Rajai Davis went 3-for-3 and scored a run.
It has now been a full week since the Detroit Tigers won a Spring Training game, last Friday 12-2 against the Atlanta Braves at Walt Disney World. They have gone 0-7-1 during that time after yesterday’s tie with the Washington Nationals in Viera.
They will have another crack at ending the skid in Lakeland on Saturday as the New York Mets come calling. Newly proclaimed Opening Day pitcher David Price will get the start for the Tigers. Game time is 1:05 and it will be broadcast locally on 97.1 The Ticket.