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Detroit Tigers: Top 5 moments from the 2022 season

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 23: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers watches his 3,000th hit during the first inning of Game One of a doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies at Comerica Park on April 23, 2022, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - APRIL 23: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers watches his 3,000th hit during the first inning of Game One of a doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies at Comerica Park on April 23, 2022, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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4. Kerry Carpenter and Ryan Kreidler hitting back-to-back home runs to give the Tigers a win on Sept. 7

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 07: Ryan Kreidler #32 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates a home run with Willi Castro #9 against the Los Angeles Angels in the ninth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 07, 2022 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

The second half of the season hasn’t featured much in terms of postive moments, but there was one on Sept. 7 against the Los Angeles Angels that gave Tigers fans some hope for the future.

Rookies Kerry Carpenter and Ryan Kreidler hit back-to-back solo homers in the top of the ninth inning to give the Tigers a come-from-behind win in LA. It gave the Tigers a potential glimpse into the future.

The Tigers were down 4-3 heading into the ninth inning and on the verge of being swept by the Halos. Carpenter stepped up and hit a fastball the opposite way and it just carried over the fence. Kreidler came and followed that up with a bomb to left-center.

Carpenter would go on to have a solid 100 or so ABs with the Tigers after blowing up in the minors this year. He had 30 homers between and Double-A and Triple-A before getting the call-up on Aug. 10. He went on the IL last week with a lower back strain, ending his season.

Kreidler got off to a solid start, but has struggled at the plate to the tune of a .493 OPS since being called up on Sept. 1. Defensively, however, he’s been great, showing off a lot of range and a solid arm.

Time will tell just how much Carpenter and Kreidler factor into the Detroit Tigers’ future, but this was definitley one of the better moments of the 2022 season.

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