Clemens comes in seeking career win number 315, after winning his first four starts for the Astros. With an 8-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies last Saturday, the six-time AL Cy Young Award winner tied Gaylord Perry for 15th place on the all-time wins list.
“It is pretty gratifying when you guys write my name alongside some of the greats that have come through here and played in the past,” Clemens said. “It makes me feel proud, and a lot of those guys I watched and learned about my first couple of years in the league.”
Clemens opens a seven-game homestand for the Astros, who went 3-2 during their rain-shortened road trip to Colorado and Pittsburgh. Clemens didn’t travel to Pittsburgh, opting instead to use his time between starts to meet 4,000 troops of the U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb.
The Reds come in struggling after suffering two consecutive heartbreaking losses to the Brewers. Cincinnati dropped a 9-8 decision on Tuesday, blowing a two-out, ninth-inning lead.
Things got worse for the Reds on Wednesday, when they blew a 9-0 lead en route to a 10-9 setback. The loss marked the worst collapse in 74 years for Cincinnati.
Making matters worse for the Reds was an injury to catcher Jason LaRue, who broke his finger while trying to bunt. Cincinnati had already lost outfielder Austin Kearns to a broken arm Monday in Pittsburgh. The Reds are 3-3 on their 10-game road trip.