Tigers 13, Phillies 2
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) _ Replacement baseball continues to play before sparse crowds at Marchant Stadium. There were just 1,262 on hand Tuesday to see the Detroit Tigers defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 13-2 in an exhibition.
Bernie Nunez hit a grand slam and Mickey Weston, making his second start, held the Phillies to one run on one hit over the first four innings.
Marchant Stadium has a capacity for 7,027. But through their first two home games, the Tigers’ announced attendance was 2,559 and 2,000. In each case the actual count seemed smaller.
Tuesday, Tigers’ marketing director Mike Dietz said the club had decided to give out two figures _ tickets purchased and the number of people actually in the park. He said the number in the park for the first two games was actually 2,044 and 1,169.
There were 1,795 tickets sold for Tuesday’s game.
``When the crowds are down by two-thirds, you aren’t going to do much business,″ said Shawn Williams, a worker at a pizza stand.
Richard Lamb, who has been working in the drink concession for six years, said his station was down from six clerks to four.
``Usually, just before gametime, the beer lines really jam up,″ Lamb said. ``Bang, bang, bang. It gets really crazy. Now look at it. There is nobody lined up.
``This is horrendous. Greed was the cause of all this. It’s too bad, really.″
Peggy and Richard Clark of Hickory, N.C. were having hot dogs and soft drinks in the plaza in front of the stadium.
``It’s the first time we’ve actually come to a game,″ Peggy said. ``We’ve visited often and wanted to see a game. I wish it had been the real thing, though.″
Her husband disagreed.
``Personally, I wish the strike would last. We’ve got some minor leaguers who deserve a chance,″ Richard said. ``This is better baseball, if you ask me.″
The Tigers’ replacements scored four runs in the third, two in the fourth, three in the seventh and Nunez homered off Dan Hitt in the eighth.
The 34-year-old Weston, who pitched for four different major league teams, split time between New Haven and Colorado Springs last season.
Phillies left-hander Bill Brakeley, 0-1, who last played professionally in 1991, gave up six runs on eight hits during his two innings. Karl Allaire, seeing his first action of the spring, drove in two runs with a single in the third for Detroit (2-3).
Joe Singley, who attended Temple University on a football scholarship, homered for the Phillies (2-2). Singley, a catcher, last played professional baseball at class-A Sarasota in 1990.
The Phillies, who had gone 21 innings without an error, made three against the Tigers. Detroit had two.