Shohei Ohtani autographs ball Kody Clemens struck him out with

Kody Clemens won’t ever catch his father in profession strikeouts. In the case 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 trying late in Monday evening’s 10-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. And to sweeten the deal, Ohtani signed the memento for Clemens. 

Clemens, 26, struck out final 12 months’s AL MVP on a 68 mph pitch, the place Clemens yelled “strike three” from the mound. Clemens then tossed the ball into the dugout, hoping he might persuade Ohtani to signal it someday earlier than their collection was over, which he did on Tuesday. 

After Monday’s recreation, Ohtani mentioned he was impressed with Clemens’ pitch. 

“It was a wonderful pitch,” Ohtani mentioned by way of his interpreter.

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 mentioned. “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 keeping with MLB Statcast. The opposite three have been by Tampa Bay outfielder Brett Phillips, together with a 53 mph “fastball” throughout the Angels’ 12-0 victory on Could 12, when Reid Detmers threw a no-hitter for Los Angeles.

Clemens was pitching for the third time previously 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 towards Cleveland’s Mike Hargrove on Could 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 mentioned.

Related Press contributed to this report.

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