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.
Clarke is slated to start Friday's series opener versus the Giants.
He'll be making his third start of the season after giving up three runs (two earned) and striking out 11 over nine innings between his last two outings. While the 14-23 Diamondbacks might have some incentive to give the 27-year-old an extended audition in the rotation in September, manager Torey Lovullo might have to expand his starting staff to six men to make that happen. Arizona will bring back Madison Bumgarner (back) from the injured list Saturday, and the team swapped out one starter (Robbie Ray) for another (Caleb Smith) at the trade deadline. Smith is on the COVID-19 injured list but is believed to be ready to return to action, so when that happens, Clarke or Alex Young could be moved to the bullpen if Lovullo opts to stick with a five-man rotation.
Clarke gave up one run on one hit and a walk while striking out seven over five innings in a no-decision versus the Giants on Sunday.
Clarke got his mistake out of the way early, with a first-inning solo shot by Alex Dickerson as the only blemish on his line. The 27-year-old righty has given up just three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks over a combined nine innings in two starts. He struck out 11 over that span. Clarke's ERA sits at a solid 2.22 with a 0.95 WHIP and 25 strikeouts across 24.1 innings overall this season. Despite the solid numbers, Clarke may find himself back in the bullpen when Madison Bumgarner (back) returns.
Clarke is slated to start Sunday's game against the Giants.
Clarke will be making his second start of the week after limiting the Rockies to two runs over four innings Monday, but the 27-year-old right-hander probably won't have much longevity in the rotation. Madison Bumgarner (back) tossed a simulated game Saturday and could be ready to return from the 10-day injured list during next weekend's series in San Francisco, which would likely result in Clarke moving to the bullpen or heading to Arizona's alternate training site.
Clarke gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks over four innings in a no-decision versus the Rockies. He struck out four.
Clarke was called on for the start after Merrill Kelly was scratched with a shoulder injury. The 27-year-old Clarke did fairly well on short notice. He's posted a 2.33 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with 18 strikeouts in 19.1 innings in seven appearances, six of which have been in relief. Clarke could be in for another start this weekend while Kelly remains out.
Clarke will start Monday's game against the Rockies, Fox Sports Arizona reports.
With Merrill Kelly no longer available to make Monday's start, Clarke will get the call. He's coming off a solid outing Friday against the Padres, striking out three over three scoreless innings of relief work. This marks Clarke's first start of the 2020 season.
Clarke struck out three over three scoreless innings in Friday's 3-0 loss to the Padres.
The Diamondbacks went into the game planning to limit starter Luke Weaver to three innings, so there was going to be a need for bulk innings. It was his third outing, all three coming in relief of Weaver, who ran into significant fourth-inning trouble during his first two starts. Clarke has thrown at least three innings in all of his outings and sports a 2.79 ERA with eight strikeouts and three walks over 9.2 innings.
Clarke allowed two walks and struck out three over 3.2 scoreless innings in Monday's 6-2 loss to the Padres.
Clarke was needed for bulk innings as starter Luke Weaver ran into fourth-inning difficulty. The right-hander is being used as a multi-inning reliever and, if the need arises, starting depth.
Clarke allowed a pair of home runs and was charged with five runs over four innings in Monday's exhibition game against the Dodgers, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
The Diamondbacks had a couple of troubling outings from starters in Los Angeles. Both Clarke and Taylor Widener, who started Sunday's contest, are expected to serve as starting depth in 2020 but were hit hard. "Am I concerned? Of course I am," manager Torey Lovullo said. "I don't like the outings that they had. But I think we're going to learn from them and continue to have those two guys grow and mature a little bit." Left-hander Alex Young is probably the first line of starting depth for Arizona before it needs Clarke or Widener.
Clarke will start Monday's exhibition game against the Dodgers, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Among a spate of roster announcements the Diamondbacks made official Saturday was the naming of Clarke and Taylor Widener as starters for the two-game exhibition set in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Sunday and Monday. Neither starter will be part of Arizona's rotation to start the season, nor is it known if they will be part of the Opening Day roster. Clarke and Widener will serve as depth starters and possible bulk-inning relievers.
Clarke is expected to be a depth starter for the 2020 season, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
With Mike Leake opting not to participate in the season, Clarke and other starters move up a spot on the depth chart. Merrill Kelly is expected to fill Leake's rotation slot while Clarke joins Alex Young and Jon Duplantier as the leading depth options. The right-hander labored through 23 appearances (15 starts) in 2019, posting a 5.31 ERA (6.40 FIP) and giving up 23 home runs over 84.2 innings (2.4 HR/9).
Clarke was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Thursday, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
Clarke was never expected to open the season in Arizona's rotation, but the team's decision to send him to the minors to begin the season indicates he'll remain stretched out as starting depth. The righty made 23 appearances (15 starts) with the Diamondbacks in 2019, compiling a 5.31 ERA and 1.37 WHIP across 84.2 innings.
Clarke allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out six over three innings in Tuesday's spring game against the Reds.
Clarke was touched for a two-run home run by Mike Moustakas in the first inning, but settled in nicely after that. "I feel like the past two outings, I'm finally where I need to be mechanically," Clarke told Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. "Pitches are starting to take shape compared to earlier in the spring." It's unclear how the organization wants to use Clarke in 2020. He's stretched out as a starter during the spring after both starting and relieving for the Diamondbacks in 2019. He's not expected to be part of the rotation to start the MLB season, so Arizona's decision makers need to determine if he is more valuable now as a reliever in MLB or starting depth at Triple-A Reno.
Clarke allowed six runs on seven hits while striking out three over 2.2 innings in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers feasted on Clarke's mistakes, which were primarily pitches that landed in the middle of the zone. It was the second straight shaky outing for the right-hander, who allowed three runs over 1.2 innings in his previous spring appearance.
Clarke permitted one run on two hits and a walk while striking out four in three innings in a no-decision against the Padres on Friday.
Clarke was in line for the loss when he exited the contest, but the Diamondbacks plated a pair in the fifth inning to get him off the hook. He now sports a 5.31 ERA and 1.37 WHIP with 68 strikeouts in 84.2 innings this year.
Clarke will start Friday against the Padres, Jack Magruder of the Associated Press reports.
Clarke will get an opportunity with Luke Weaver and Zac Gallen each done pitching for the season. Clarke has made 14 starts and eight relief appearances this season but hasn't been particularly effective, recording a 5.40 ERA while striking out just 17.9 percent of opposing batters.
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|09/25||vs COL||W 11-5||1||0||0||5.0||6||4||3||5|
|09/16||@ LAA||W 9-6||1||0||0||5.0||6||4||1||3|
|09/09||vs LAD||L 4-6||0||0||0||6.0||6||4||2||5|
|09/04||@ SF||W 6-5||0||0||0||3.0||6||3||3||2|
|08/30||vs SF||L 1-4||0||0||0||5.0||1||1||1||7|
|08/24||vs COL||L 2-3||0||0||0||4.0||4||1||2||4|
|08/19||@ OAK||L 1-4||0||0||0||2.0||0||0||3||1|
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|2016||AFX-Kane County Cougars||28.2||6||6||0||3||2||0||24||5||24||2.87||1.028|