Kody Clemens Strikes Out MVP Shohei Ohtani, Trails Dad Roger By 4,671 Ks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Kody Clemens won’t ever catch his father in profession strikeouts. On the subject of their first one, although, the child has the higher hand.

The Detroit Tigers’ rookie utility participant — and son of seven-time Cy Younger Award winner Roger Clemens — caught Shohei Ohtani wanting late in Monday night time’s 10-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Mopping up within the eighth inning, Clemens froze final yr’s AL MVP with a 68 mph pitch on the surface nook for his first main league strikeout and gave an exuberant strike three name on the mound.

Ohtani hit two residence runs earlier — his sixth multi-homer sport of the season.

“I’m just trying to get outs, and for it to come like that is obviously super cool,” Clemens stated. “He’s the best player in baseball. So it’s a pretty cool moment for me.”

Grinning ear to ear, the 26-year-old Clemens tossed the memento ball into the dugout for secure preserving and is hoping to get it signed by the Angels’ two-way star through the remaining two days of the sequence.

“It was a wonderful pitch,” Ohtani stated by his interpreter.

Kody Clemens pitches in opposition to the Angels.

By far the toughest one in every of their encounter, too.

Ohtani fouled off a 54 mph supply from Clemens, took a 57 mph pitch for a ball after which fouled off a 56 mph providing.

“I mean, obviously can’t do it slow enough for Ohtani. Maybe you can throw it slow and slow and slow and then maybe surprise him with a fastball,” Detroit supervisor A.J. Hinch stated. “Big smile on Kody’s face, and Shohei tipped his cap.”

These have been 4 of the seven slowest pitches Ohtani has confronted this season, in line with MLB Statcast. The opposite three have been by Tampa Bay outfielder Brett Phillips, together with a 53 mph “fastball” through the Angels’ 12-0 victory on Might 12, when Reid Detmers threw a no-hitter for Los Angeles.

Clemens was pitching for the third time up to now seven days to save lots of Detroit’s bullpen with the sport out of attain. He labored one inning and allowed one run on three hits.

He has pitched six occasions this season and given up three runs on 10 hits in six innings.

Roger Clemens had 4,672 strikeouts throughout his 24-year profession, third on the all-time listing behind Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson. The Rocket’s first one got here in opposition to Cleveland’s Mike Hargrove on Might 15, 1984.

“I don’t know how (Kody’s) father would have done against (Ohtani), but he can always say he punched him out,” Hinch stated.