PHOENIX – Cody Clemens made his first home run in the major leagues to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 6-3 win over Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.
The 26-year-old son of seven-time Sai Young Award winner Roger Clemens killed Homer from three rounds at the top of the sixth inning from Arizona Relver Joe Montypley, breaking a 3-3 draw.
Clemens called his home run a “weird” moment.
“It was great,” he said. “As soon as I hit him, I knew he had a chance, and as soon as I was about to go around, I saw him go out and he (Montipli) turned and looked up and I showed some emotion. I was shocked, especially it was at the end of the game. The three-round homer was crucial for the team. It was just wonderful. “
Clemens entered the game, scoring 0.125 and has not played since 19 June. He was 1 to 5 against a left-handed serve before heading out of Montipli. It was the first home run that Montipley allowed a left-handed striker in his career.
“It’s a big moment for him,” Detroit manager AJ Hinch said of Clemens. “He honed and never had a bad attitude, although he didn’t play that much. He is waiting for his turn and is coming up with a big scope. “
Clemens said he had been standing in the bullpen every day for the past week, trying to emulate bats.
“I worked hard to be in the squad and help the team win,” he said. “It’s great to see that it pays off.”
Tyler Alexander (1-3) won over Detroit with two innings without a score. Montipli (0-1) took the defeat, allowing three earned wounds in 1 1/3 innings. It was the fifth Diamondback defeat in a row, and Arizona dropped to nine games below 0.500.
Harold Castro and Robbie Grossman took the lead in the sixth inning in singles from Montiply, who came out in place of Arizona starter Zach Davis. After Jaimer Candelaria knocked the ball out, Clemens hit 82 miles per hour curving the ball through the right field fence.
Gregory Soto made a zero ninth inning to earn his 14th save for Detroit.
None of the newcomers understood the solution. Davis gave up five strokes and two earned runs for five innings. Alex Faed of Detroit allowed three earned runs in four innings of work.
After only two runners in the first three innings at the base, Arizona broke through in the fourth against Faed. Christian Walker drew, and David Peralta hit the slider 0-1 through the right field fence to bring the Diamondbacks ahead 2-1.
It was the ninth Homer for Peralta of the season and the first since May 24th. After Buddy Kennedy came out, Dalton Warsho made a double to the right, scoring Kennedy and increasing Arizona’s lead to 3-1.
Detroit tied 3-3 at the top of the fifth half. Tucker Barnhart went and finished third in Victor Reyes ’double. Riley Green bounced the ball to second base, which Kennedy misplayed, allowing both runners to score.
The Tigers opened the scoring at the top of the fourth inning. Javier Baez led with a single draw, and Castro lined up a three-pointer down the right line of the field, scoring Baez and putting Detroit ahead with a score of 1: 0.
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Miguel Cabrera’s single in the seventh inning gave him 3,053 career hits, linking him to Rod Carew in 28th place in MLB history. Cabrero’s next double equals him with Paul Molitar (605) in 15th place on the list for all time.
LHP Beau Brieske (1-6, 4.07) begins Sunday’s series final for Detroit against the Diamondbacks, who have yet to name a starter before Saturday’s game.
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