Granillo: A look at Roger Clemens’ 20 strikeouts in 1986

From SABR member Larry Granillo at Baseball Prospectus on February 4, 2013:

There is a secret haven of MLB gems hidden in iTunes right now. Under the heading “Baseball’s Best“, you can find over 150 games ranging from the 1952 World Series to Mark Buehrle‘s perfect game in 2009. The games feature no-hitters, record-breakers, classic postseason battles and more. Best of all, these games are available in their full, original broadcasts (including everything but the commercials) for only $1.99. Today we look at one of these gems: the Seattle at Boston matchup on April 29, 1986, when Roger Clemens set the major-league record for strikeouts in a game.

Heading into this Tuesday night game in front of 13,414 fans, the Mariners are 7-12 and batting .207 on the season. They have also not had two consecutive hits in 64 innings. The lineup looks like this:


The man behind the plate tonight will be Vic Voltaggio, who is in his 10th year in the big leagues. His compatriots for the night:


The night begins with the wind blowing in. The 23-year old Clemens looks young and lanky.

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Originally published: February 4, 2013. Last Updated: February 4, 2013.