Schneider’s Three-Run Homer Tames Tigers

By Ryan Pfleiderer — 03/08/2011
It only took four batters to score four runs. In the second inning, the Detroit Tigers were defenseless as the Philadelphia Phillies came out swinging. Raul Ibanez, Delwyn Young, Ross Gload and Brian Schneider had consecutive hits off of Tigers’ starter Rick Porcello. The biggest blow came off Schneider’s bat. He capped the rally with a three-run blast into the right field bullpen to put the Phillies up 4-0.
Porcello struggled to command his fastball and was pulled after three innings of work. The young righty gave up four earned runs on six hits, two walks and two strikeouts.
The Tigers did get on the board against Phillies starter Joe Blanton. In the bottom of the second, first baseman Miguel Cabrera and former Boston Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez hit back-to-back singles. Brennan Boesch grounded into a double play and that allowed Cabrera to score from third to cut the Phillies lead to three.
The next inning the Tigers continued to claw their way back into the game. Detroit slugger Magglio Ordonez hit a sacrifice fly to plate Don Kelly and cut the Phillies lead to two.
In the 7th inning the Phillies got some insurance as Jeff Larish hit a solo home run to extend the Phillies lead to three. The Tigers got that run back, but it was too little too late as the Phillies sealed the victory 5-3 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, FL. Tomorrow the Phillies will be back home at Bright House Field in Clearwater to take on the New York Yankees. Meanwhile, the Tigers will be heading to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter to battle the Florida Marlins.