03/16/12 3:55 PM ET
Phillies quiet as Lee serves up two homers
Left-hander stretched to 4 2/3 innings in loss to host Pirates
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Pinch-hitter Jake Fox's homer in the fifth gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead.Lee, whose previous longest outing had also been three innings, went 4 2/3 innings. He allowed five hits and three runs, with five strikeouts and a walk. "He got a couple of fastballs in the middle of the plate and he got hit a little bit, but he got his work in," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. Up next for Phillies: Vance Worley, who has a 1-1 record and 3.00 ERA after two spring starts, will start Saturday's 1:05 p.m. ET road game against the Blue Jays and Brandon Morrow in Dunedin. Back in Clearwater, veteran slugger Jim Thome will make his second appearance of the spring at first base in a Minor League game.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.