Kody Clemens will never catch his father in his career. However, when it comes to their first, the baby has the upper hand.
Detroit Tigers rookie shortstop — and son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens caught Shohei Ohtani watching late Monday night in a 10-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
Clemens froze last year's AL MVP with a 68-mph pitch on the outside corner in the eighth inning for his first major-league hit and delivered a blistering strike three on the mound.
“He's the best player in baseball. So it's a pretty great moment for me."
Smiling from ear to ear, Clemens, 26, tossed the souvenir ball into the dugout for safekeeping
and hopes to have it signed by Angel's two-way star during the final two days of the series.
"It was an amazing pitch," Ohtani said through his interpreter.
Also by far the hardest of their encounters.
Ohtani fouled off a 54 mph delivery from Clemens, took a 57 mph pitch for the ball,
and then fouled off a 56 mph offering.
“I mean, Ohtani obviously can't do it slow enoughHinch said.
“A big smile appeared on Kody's face and Shohei tipped his cap.
Those were four of the seven slowest pitches Ohtani faced this season, according to MLB Statcast.