Roger Clemens was a seven-time Cy Young Award winner and racked up the third-most strikeouts in MLB history over the course of his 24-year career (4,672). That makes it hard to remember his first punch out. However, Rogers' son Kody will never forget his because it came against Shohei Ohtani.
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Kody Clemens is an infielder for the Detroit Tigers, but a 9-0 score caused him to be on the mound in the eighth inning of Monday night's loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Clemens got David Fletcher to ground out to third base and allowed a single to Mike Trout before Ohtani stepped up to the plate.
Keep in mind Ohtani had already smacked two home runs in the game, his 31st and 32nd on the year. Clemens explained that he was just "throwing it in there" and somehow got it to a two-strike count. That was when he finished Ohtani off with a called strike three and pumped his fist in excitement.
"I was like, ‘Oh my god, this might happen. Who knows? And I threw it, 60-whatever miles an hour, and luckily he took it.”- Clemens on striking out Ohtani
The final strike registered as a 68.4 mph eephus pitch. Ohtani said after the game that it was "a wonderful pitch" and laughed about the late-inning plate appearance. Clemens has now pitched six innings as a reliever, giving up three runs on 10 hits. Not too shabby for a position player by trade.
It was a feel-good moment in an otherwise disappointing game for the Tigers. Detroit has now lost six of its last seven contests and remains well out of playoff contention.
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