4. Kerry Carpenter and Ryan Kreidler hitting back-to-back home runs to give the Tigers a win on Sept. 7
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.