On July 5, 1998, Toronto Blue Jay, Roger Clemens became the 11th pitcher to record his 3,000th strike outin a 2-1 home victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Devil Ray’s left fielder Randy Winn walked up to the plate with two outs and nobody on. He struck out swinging to give Clemens to the 3,000 club.
The Devil Rays got on the board first. Winn was brought home as Wade Boggs hit a single to center in the sixth inning. They finished the game with one run, six hits and two errors.
The Blue Jays also scored their first run in the sixth. Carlos Delgado hit a sacrifice fly to left field, allowing Shannon Stewart to go home. Tony Fernandez hit a single to left field in the eighth, allowing Stewart to head home once again. The Blue Jays finished the game with two runs, eight hits and no errors.
Clemens completed seven innings allowing five hits and one run. He was replaced by Dan Plesac after one out in the eighth. Paul Quantrill was on the mound for the last out of the eighth was awarded with the win. Randy Myers pitched for the Blue Jays in the ninth inning and was given the save.
Tony Saunders pitched seven innings for the Devil Rays allowing five hits and one run. Rick White, who was given the loss, started the eighth but after Stewart found his way home the second time. Scott Aldred relieved White and stayed on the mound for two outs. Albie Lopez was chosen as the Devil Ray’s closer. Despite their defensive strength, the Devil Rays were not able to manufacture much on the offensive side.