Roger Clemens struck out 4,672 batters over his 24-year MLB career, good enough for third-most all time. But his son, Kody, might have just one-upped The Rocket.
Kody Clemens, an infielder by trade, took the mound for the Tigers in the eighth inning of their 10-0 loss to the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium. He gave up a run in an inning of work, but the highlight of his outing was his first career strikeout. Who did he strike out? None other than reigning American League MVP Shohei Ohtani.
Clemens caught Ohtani looking on a 68 mph pitch on the outside part of the plate. Clemens followed it with an enthusiastic fist pump, much to the delight of the Tigers’ dugout. He even asked for the ball to commemorate the occasion.
While it was a less-than-ideal night for the Tigers, it’s definitely one Clemens will never forget.