Kody Clemens' first big-league homer pushes Detroit Tigers past Arizona Diamondbacks

Kody Clemens’ first big-league homer pushes Detroit Tigers past Arizona Diamondbacks

Phoenix — Kody Clemens was 4-for-34 when he stepped to the plate in the sixth inning of a 3-3 game Saturday night. There were two runners on and he was facing Arizona Diamondbacks lefty Joe Mantiply.

Clemens is a left-handed hitter and had only five at-bats against lefties in his brief time in the big leagues. Mantiply, on the other hand, had never allowed a home run to a left-handed hitter in 96 games.

Guess what happened.

Detroit Tigers' Kody Clemens (21) high fives Harold Castro (30) after hitting a three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning.

Clemens launched a 1-2 curveball into the seats in right field, his first major-league home run, breaking the tie and sending the Tigers to a 6-3 win over Arizona, their second straight at Chase Field.

“Good time for the first one,” Clemens said afterward, fresh and clean after the celebratory baby powder, protein shake and yogurt shower. “It felt amazing. I haven’t been getting in there. I’m trying to figure out what my role is on this team. … I got the bid in the lineup tonight so I was going to try to do everything. could to help us win.”

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