Clearwater, FL (WKZO) – Miguel Cabrera and Nick Castellanos belted home runs for Detroit during a six run fifth inning, as the Tigers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 10-1 on Monday afternoon.
With two runners on, Cabrera blasted a 1-2 pitch from Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon to left field and out of Bright House Stadium to put the Tigers up 6-1.Cabrera's home run was estimated at 440 feet. Papelbon also gave up Castellanos home run, a two run shot, and all six runs in the fifth inning. Castellanos, the Tigers top prospect, crossed home in the sixth as well after reaching base via a walk, then scored on Tyler Collins second triple of the spring, which knocked in two, giving the Tigers an 8-1 lead.
Drew Smyly allowed only one hit during two scoreless innings as he helped his case for the No.5 spot in the Tigers’ rotation. Left hander Darrin Downs also pitched two scoreless innings while striking out three as he competes for a spot in the bullpen.
Off-season acquisition Torii Hunter recorded his first RBI of the season, scoring Alex Avila with a single in the fifth. Hunter later scored on Cabrera's home run.
Kevin Russ hit a solo shot in the ninth for the Tigers 10th run.
Cliff Lee made the start for Philadelphia and tossed two scoreless innings.
Monday’s matchup was the second half of a back to back between the Tigers and Phillies. The two teams tied 5-5 in 10 innings on Sunday. Detroit takes on Houston at 1:05pm on Tuesday. Doug Fister will make the start. Duane Below and Bruce Rondon will also take the mound at some point for the Tigers on Tuesday.