LAKELAND, Fla. (WWJ/AP) – Phil Coke pitched four innings as he prepares for a starting role and the Detroit Tigers beat a split squad of Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Sunday.
It was a come from behind victory for the Tigers. As heard on 97.1 The Ticket, the Tigers completed the rally in the ninth with a walk off win over the Phillies.
Coke gave up four hits, including a long home run to John Mayberry, and said he could’ve gone longer.
Coke has pitched 158 games in the majors, all but one in relief. Tigers manager Jim Leyland emphatically said his rotation was set and that Coke was a part of it. The left-hander has struck out five without a walk this spring.
The Tigers won in the bottom of ninth when Don Kelly singled and later scored on a single from Scott Thorman.
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