Confronted by Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Joe Mantypley, who hasn’t allowed a home run since June 2021, Clemens – a left-handed hitter – turned a spin ball and sent the ball to the right seats.
Clemens’ three-run home run tied in the sixth inning and pushed the Tigers to a 6-3 win on Saturday in the second of three games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
To set up Clemens’ big fly, Harold Castro and Robbie Grossman opened with six straight singles. Clemens, after hitting .143 in 16 games, hit his first homer in the 35th game of his career.
The Tigers (28–43) scored six runs on nine hits and one walk. Javier Baez extended his hitting streak to nine games with 2-for-4. Castro registered at least three hits for the seventh time this season.
Miguel Cabrera singled out pitcher Nota Ramirez on the line in the seventh inning, hitting the 3,053rd pitch of his career, tying him with Rod Carew for 27th on the MLB all-time leaderboard.
With a 6–3 lead, the Tigers turned to their bullpen to cover the last four innings.
Left-hander Tyler Alexander had a scoreless fifth inning, but also kept the Diamondbacks from scoring in the sixth to complete his two-inning, 24-field exit.
The first out in the sixth round was rookie center fielder Riley Greene, who made a ridiculous throw in the right center gap. He also made a sliding catch for the second out in the seventh.
After Alexander closed the gap, manager AJ Hinch put the game in the hands of his top pitchers.
Right-hander Joe Jimenez struck out two batters in his perfect seventh inning. He eliminated multiple batters in eight straight games, the longest streak since Drew Verhagen in August 2019.
In the eighth right Michael Fulmer worked on the first single. He benefited from a double play at the end of the half. Fulmer, who has a 2.00 ERA in 27 games, went 11 ⅔ straight innings with no earned runs.
Left-hander closer Gregory Soto slammed the door in the ninth inning to mark his 14th save.
Mostly good from Faedo
Right-hander Alex Faedo, in his 10th start in MLB, allowed three runs on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts in four innings, throwing 42 of 75 hitting pitches.
During the first three innings, two batters got to Faedo safely: Ketel Marte with a five-pitch walk in the first and José Herrera with a 2-0 fastball single in the third.
Faedo surrendered all three runs with one strikeout in the fourth inning. David Peralta launched a hanging slider into right field for a two-run home run, and Dalton Varshaw landed a double RBI hit to the right.
Before each hit, the Diamondbacks drew a walk.
Faedo bounced back by hitting Geraldo Perdomo with a full-count slider. Despite trailing 2-0, he landed three consecutive strikes: a fastball, a fastball, and a slider.
The next batter, Herrera, stopped to complete Faedo’s start.
In his 75 innings, Faedo threw 44 four-seam fastballs (59%), 24 sliders (32%) and seven substitutions (9%). He landed seven swings and misses – three with his slider – and 13 hits.
His fastball speed averaged 94.4 mph, and his maximum was 96 mph.
Taking all the gifts
The Tigers scored one run in the fourth inning, two runs in the fifth, and three runs in the sixth. Before Homer Clemens, the fourth and fifth rounds were enough to get the game going for three rounds.
Diamondbacks starter Zack Davis gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk with two strikeouts in five innings. The veteran right-hander, like Faedo, went through the first three opportunities.
The Tigers got to Davis in the fourth round when Baez hit Castro’s goal with a triple forehand to lead 1-0. Two more runs were added in the fifth thanks to a defensive error by Diamondbacks second baseman Buddy Kennedy.
There were two runners in Green’s scoring position, which hit the Grounder to second base. Kennedy flunked the game and was charged with a play error, allowing Tucker Barnhart (walk) and Victor Reyes (double) to score easily.
These runs equalized the score 3-3.
This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Cody Clemens led the Detroit Tigers to a 6-3 victory over the Diamondbacks