Apr 26, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; A general view of the Rogers Centre field during the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
As good as it is to watch batters do their thing and set franchise marks, there are those who would much rather watch a nice pitching performance. Whether it is a perfect game (of which there have been none in Blue Jays history) or lots of strike outs, there is something to be said for a dominating pitching performance.
Take, for example, the 18 strike outs from Roger Clemens against the Kansas City Royals on August 25, 1998. Now, you can throw out all the question marks and off hand comments about his link to PED’s you’d like. It still doesn’t change the results.
Clemens went a complete game, giving up 3 hits and no walks while striking out 18 Royals. He would finish that season with 271 K’s, 20 wins, a 2.65 ERA and a Cy Young Award. Oh, he also struck out 292 the year before! His performance against the Royals would have been a sight. We can take the word of someone who was there:
Whether Edwin’s day stacks up against The Rocket’s is a matter of opinion. And, as good as Clemens’ performance was, it still is not the best pitching demonstration in Blue Jays history.
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