Clement clubs first two homers for Red Wings

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jeff Clement hit his first two home runs of the season and the Rochester Red Wings defeated the Columbus Clippers 8-2 in International League baseball action on Saturday night at Huntington Park.

The Marshalltown native Clement, batting fifth as the designated hitter, connected for a two-run shot in the fourth inning and added a solo blast leading off the top of the eighth.

The Minnesota Twins’ Triple-A affiliate totaled five home runs in the win, their second in three games in Columbus.

The 29-year-old Clement had not homered in his previous 47 games at the Triple-A or major league level. His last round-tripper came on Aug. 20, 2012, as a member of the Indianapolis Indians – the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Minnesota Twins signed Clement to a minor league contract in November, but the former first-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners was unable to make the big league roster out of spring training.

On Saturday he finished 2-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs – just his second two-hit game of the season. His batting average improved to .152, and he now has four RBIs in 23 games in Rochester (12-17).