Houston Astros pitcher Paul Clemens has waited patiently in the minors for his opportunity to finally make his Major League Baseball debut. He got that opportunity Tuesday night in what proved to be an interesting outing.
Clemens allowed five earned runs on six hits in four innings in a relief appearance. He was unable to strikeout any of the 19 batters he faced, but that did not matter as the right-hander was able to record the win.
“It was an unbelievable experience,” Clemens told Astros.com. “I heard from a lot of family and friends and former pitching instructors, guys that have helped me get here.”
The 25-year-old got the complete treatment during and after the game. His father and brother were both in the stands to take in the whole experience. He took a shaving cream pie to the face, a sign of respect in baseball typically reserved for players that hit game winners. He then received the game ball and scorecard to show anyone who ever asks if he ever had success in the big leagues.
Clemens was traded to Houston in 2011, and was added to the 40-man roster after the conclusion of the regular season. He has spent five years in the minors in which he posted a 32-30 record with a 4.55 earned run average in 129 games (82 starts).
There is no question he is better reserved as a starter, and if he can prove to the Astros that he can handle the role, there is a good chance he will see action in the rotation at some point in the near future.
However, for now, Clemens is content with the opportunity that has presented itself. At this point, he should concentrate on lowering his earned run average.