ROCHESTER, N.Y. Breaking out of his slump in the biggest way, Marshalltown native Jeff Clement delivered at the most opportune time Saturday.
Connecting for a two-out grand slam in the 10th inning and a walk-off RBI double in the 12th, Clement propelled the Rochester Red Wings past the Syracuse Chiefs, 7-6, in 12 innings at Frontier Field.
Hitting just 3-for-29 (.103) in his last nine games, Clement had his first two-hit game since June 27th, which was also the last time he homered. He crushed his 14th round-tripper down the right-field line to complete a five-run rally for the Red Wings, which trailed 6-1 after surrendering five runs in the top of the 10th.
In his next at-bat, the former Bobcat drove in the game-winning run with a double to the right-field corner in the 12th, raising his RBI total to 54 on the season.
Rochester (63-53) picked up its seventh straight home win, extending its first-place lead to three games over the Pawtucket PawSox (59-55) in the International League North Division.
The Red Wings complete the two-game set with Syracuse (51-62) today at 12:05 p.m. Clement is currently second on the squad in homers, RBIs and doubles (16).