The Rocket

With Roger Clemens in town, let’s take a look at The Rocket’s best performances as a member of the Blue Jays back in 1997 & 98 …

T1_clemensAugust 25, 1998 — At home against the Kansas City Royals, Clemens tosses a complete-game, three-hit shutout during a 3-0 Toronto win. His 18 strikeouts on the day set a new Blue Jays franchise record. With the win, Clemens improves to 16-6 on the season, and is well on his way to capturing a second straight AL Cy Young award.

September 7, 1997 — Clemens improves his record to 21-5 with a complete-game, two-hit shutout against the Texas Rangers at SkyDome. The Rocket strikes out 14 batters, his second-highest total on the season. Clemens goes on to win his fourth Cy Young award, and his first as a Blue Jay.

July 12, 1997 — After allowing a single run in the first inning during his first game back to Fenway Park, Clemens shuts down the Red Sox for the remainder of the game, which includes a season-high 16 strikeouts — setting a Toronto franchise record. With the 3-1 victory over his former team, the right-hander improves his record to 14-3 on the year.

August 30, 1998 — The Minnesota Twins manage just two singles off Clemens during a 6-0 Toronto victory at SkyDome. Remarkably, it is the third straight complete-game shutout for The Rocket, who allowed just eight hits in 27.0 innings during that span.


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