06/14/2003 4:28 AM ET
Tidbits about 300, 4,000
4,000 K facts
With his strikeout of Edgar Renteria in the second inning, Roger Clemens joined Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Steve Carlton (4,136) in the 4,000 strikeout club. Clemens ended the night with 4,006 K's.
Clemens has 853 strikeouts as a Yankee, the 15th-highest total in franchise history. He is 29 strikeouts away from David Cone for 14th on the list.
Clemens has now struck out at least 150 batters in a season 16 times. Only two pitchers have done it more -- Ryan, 20; and Carlton, 18.
At 40 years, 10 months and nine days, Clemens turned 4,000 behind Ryan (38-5-11) but ahead of Carlton (41-7-14).
The Rocket chalked up his 4,000 K in his 4,160 1/3 innings. Ryan was working his 3,844th inning on April 27, 1983 when he rang up the Mets' Danny Heep for strikeout No. 4,000. Carlton had 4,990 2/3 innings in the bank when he turned the Reds' Eric Davis into his 4,000th victim on August 5, 1986 -- interestingly, the day after Clemens celebrated his 24th birthday.
Ryan reached 4,000 strikeouts five years before reaching 300 wins. Carlton fanned his 4,000th batter three years after becoming a 300-game winner.
Unlike Clemens, Ryan nor Carlton won their 4,000-strikeout game. Ryan got a no-decision in Houston's 4-3 win over the Mets while Carlton lasted 3 2/3 innings in San Francisco's 11-6 loss to Cincinnati. Two days after the milestone, the Giants released him.
No. 300 win facts
Friday's win was the 104th double-digit strikeout game in Clemens' career, the third-most in history behind Ryan (215) and Randy Johnson (188).
With a .659 career winning percentage (300-155), Clemens ranks second all-time among right-handers with at least 250 decisions (careers starting after 1900), trailing only Christy Mathewson (.665, 373-188).
Clemens ranks fifth all-time in winning percentage among pitchers with a
minimum of 30 career wins at Yankee Stadium: 1. Hank Borowy, 36-11 (.766); 2. Spud Chandler, 61-20 (.753); 3. Johnny Allen, 33-11 (.750); 4. Johnny Murphy, 55-20 (.733); 5. Clemens, 49-18 (.731); 6. David Wells, 38-15 (.717).
Clemens is the second pitcher to win his 300th game as a Yankee. Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, who pitched for the Yankees in 1984 and 1985, won 32 games for the Yankees, including his 300th on Oct. 6, 1985 at Toronto. Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry (1980) won four games as a Yankee (Nos. 286-289) before winning his 300th with the Mariners on May 6, 1982 vs. the Yankees at Seattle's Kingdome.
Clemens is the second pitcher to win his 300th game at Yankee Stadium. Hall of Famer Tom Seaver recorded his 300th career win as a member of the Chicago White Sox on Aug, 4, 1985 -- Phil Rizzuto Day. Ironically, Clemens turned 23 on that day.
Clemens joined Carlton as the only pitchers to win No. 300 against St. Louis, which Carlton did on Sept. 23, 1983.
Clemens, Ryan, Carlton and Early Wynn are the only pitchers not to hurl a complete game for their 300th win.
Jorge Posada has now caught 59 of Clemens' 300 career wins, tying him with Boston's Tony Pena (59).
Posada has caught more of Roger Clemens' 587 career starts -- 119 -- than any other catcher. Pena caught Clemens 111 times while Rich Gedman caught Clemens 94 times.
Mariano Rivera has earned a save in 29 of Clemens' 300 career victories. Only two other pitchers have earned as many as 10 saves in Clemens' wins: Jeff Reardon (17) and Bob Stanley (11).
Win No. 300 was win No. 1 in Clemens' career against the St. Louis Cardinals. Clemens' No. 1 victim are the Angels. The Rocket is 28-8 against the Halos.
Clemens won No. 300 in his fourth try. Only Niekro (five starts), Hoss Radbourn (five starts) and Wynn (seven starts) took longer to reach 300.
Tony La Russa was the visiting team's manager in both 300-win games played at Yankee Stadium. La Russa was the White Sox skipper when Seaver won his 300th game and is currently the Cards skipper.
The Elias Sports Bureau contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.