Clarke (3-0) allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while fanning five across five innings to earn the win in Game 2 of a doubleheader against Colorado on Friday. Clarke gave up four runs in the first two innings but settled down afterwards to secure his third win of the season despite not having his best stuff in this one. He has shifted between the rotation and the bullpen this season, but he is unlikely to pitch again with only two games left on the schedule.
Clarke will start the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Rockies. Clarke's last outing was more than a week ago when he pitched five relief innings and earned the win in over the Angels. Prior to that, he made four turns through the rotation, so he should have the distance to qualify for a win.
Clarke (2-0) earned the win Wednesday against the Angels. He allowed four runs on six hits and one walk while fanning three across five innings. Clarke piggybacked Caleb Smith's short start and tossed five innings -- even though he didn't have his best stuff, he did it well enough to earn his second win of the season. Clarke has allowed three or more runs in each of his last three appearances, however, so he remains far from reliable.
Clarke did not factor into the decision during Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing four runs on six hits and a pair of walks while striking out five across six innings. The 29-year-old didn't look particularly sharp this time around, throwing 55-of-86 pitches for strikes. Clarke was hurt by the long ball early, giving up solo home runs to Mookie Betts and Enrique Hernandez. The southpaw gave up another pair of runs in the fourth frame and left after the sixth with the score knotted, 4-4. Clarke had originally filled into the rotation after the injury to Merrill Kelly. However, with the recent acquisition of Caleb Smith from the Marlins, Clarke is possibly headed back to the bullpen. On the season, he holds a 3.51 ERA and 1.20 WHIP across 10 appearances (four starts).
Clarke allowed three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two over three innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Friday. This was the Clarke's third start as a fill-in for Merrill Kelly (shoulder) and the shortest of the three. Overall, he's posted a 3.75 ERA across 12 innings as a starter. The Diamondbacks appear to be preparing the recently acquired Caleb Smith (COVID-19) to join the rotation; he's scheduled to throw 70 pitches in an intrasquad game Saturday, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. By the time Arizona next needs a fifth starter, Smith would not be on normal rest, so Clarke could squeeze in another start next Wednesday at home against the Dodgers.