Kody & Roger Clemens. 4,673 combined career Ks. pic.twitter.com/HSx981Eb7n— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 6, 2022
With Detroit trailing 10-0, Clemens came on in the bottom of the eighth inning and used a 68 mile-per-hour eephus pitch to punch Ohtani out looking.
Kody Clemens got his 1st career K against Ohtani:— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) September 6, 2022
"I'm just trying to get outs, and for it to come like that is obviously super cool. He's the best player in baseball. So it's a pretty cool moment for me."
He said he might try & get it signed by Ohtani tomorrow, then frame it.
The former Texas Longhorns standout has been making appearances on the mound in a tough season for the Tigers, allowing three runs in six innings over six appearances — hardly remarkable beyond the sorry need for Detroit to repeatedly use position players to preserve the bullpen.
But Clemens will never forget the pitch that put him *only* 4,671 strikeouts behind his famous father and now, thanks to Ohtani, he has the signed ball to commemorate the moment.
“What a nasty pitch!” Ohtani wrote on the baseball, which Clemens already has safely stored and labeled.