Albert Pujols hits profession homers 699 and 700

LOS ANGELES — Albert Pujols blasted his means into the unique 700-home run membership when he drilled the second one of 2 domestic runs on Friday night time at Dodger Stadium, with the milestone reached within the fourth inning off right-hander Phil Bickford. 

The 42-year-old Pujols, who has stated that is the general season of his 22-year profession, joined Barry Bonds (762 domestic runs), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) as the one sluggers in AL/NL historical past to hit no less than 700 lengthy balls in his profession. Pujols and Aaron are the one two with no less than 3,000 hits and 700 domestic runs.

After circling the bases, Pujols went immediately over to his circle of relatives handy out high-fives in the course of the netting. He used to be then greeted outdoor of the dugout by way of his Cardinals teammates. Now not most effective did the group at Dodgers Stadium give him a status ovation, the Cardinals slugger used to be greeted with chants of “Pu-jols! Pu-jols! Pu-jols” and “Al-bert! Al-bert! Al-bert!”

Pujols hit No. 699 in opposition to left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney within the 3rd inning and Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts went to the bullpen for Bickford earlier than Pujols stepped to the plate. He then he smashed any other lengthy ball off Bickford to transport into the No. 700 membership.

Pujols additionally hit his 499th and five hundredth domestic runs in the similar recreation for the Angels in opposition to the Nationals in D.C. on April 22, 2014.

Friday’s domestic runs are Pujols’ twentieth and twenty first of the season. The veteran slugger joins Aaron (20) and Bonds (19) as the one avid gamers with no less than 18 seasons of 20 or extra homers. It used to be his fourth multi-home run recreation of the season and the 61st time he has hit no less than two domestic runs in a recreation.

Pujols’ 2d dinger additionally prolonged his AL/NL file to 455 pitchers homered off throughout his profession. He got here into the season 2d to Bonds (449), however he handed him on Aug. 29 in Cincinnati and has endured to increase the file with a flurry of post-All-Big name destroy domestic runs.

Pujols hit domestic run No. 698 remaining Friday at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium to lend a hand the Cardinals rally from a three-run deficit and defeat the Reds. Earlier than he hit No. 699, 5 of Pujols’ earlier six domestic runs were to both tie the sport or put the Cardinals within the lead. Additionally, there may be this statistic to again up how essential Pujols has been to the Cardinals’ ascension to the highest of the NL Central: Previous to Pujols’ 699th homer, the Cardinals were 15-1 within the video games by which he had homered and 3-0 within the cases when he clubbed two domestic runs.

Within the days following No. 698, Pujols went 0-for-9 within the subsequent 3 video games, fighting him from pulling nearer to 700 in entrance of sellout crowds at Busch Stadium. Some 94,977 fanatics packed Busch Stadium for Saturday’s doubleheader in hopes of seeing Pujols move on a run to 700. Every other 47,909 fanatics – comprising the Cardinals’ twenty sixth sellout of the season and the sixth-largest crowd within the 16-year historical past of Busch Stadium III – attended Sunday’s recreation most effective to look Pujols and the Cardinals get close out.

It will have to come as little wonder that Pujols’ 699th and 700th domestic runs got here at the street. Earlier than No. 699, he had hit 11 domestic runs this season at the street — and had two of his 3 two-homer performances — in comparison to simply 8 homers within the scorching, humid air of Busch Stadium. In his profession, Pujols has hit extra street homers (369) than domestic blasts (331).

Amongst his main milestone domestic runs, Pujols blasted his first domestic run (2001), his a hundredth (2003) and five hundredth (2014) whilst enjoying at the street. He now has 466 homers as a Cardinal, 222 as an Angel and 12 with the Dodgers.

After slashing .215/.301/.376 with six homers, 20 RBIs and a .676 OPS within the first part of the season, Pujols has since began to resemble the dreaded slugger he used to be a lot previous in his profession. He slashed .313/.377/.657 with 13 homers, 33 RBIs and a 1.034 OPS in his first 47 video games of the second one part. Pujols had simply 4 homers thru June earlier than launching 3 in July and 8 in August. No. 699 used to be his 5th domestic run of September.

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