Albert Pujols homers in second game in St. Louis
By David Rice
The Albert Pujols love affair continued in St. Louis as he was given a standing ovation before every at-bat he had on Saturday and Pujols soaked it all in.
Then came the seventh inning and Albert Pujols strode to the plate for his third at-bat of the game against Cardinals starting pitcher Dakota Hudson. Pujols dug in and on a 2-1 pitch from Hudson Pujols unloaded and drove a pitch into the bullpen behind the left field wall for his 13th home run of the season.
However more than the fact that it gave the Angels their first run of the game, it gave Pujols a chance to give back to the 46,711 fans that were in attendance for this Albert Pujols homecoming weekend in St. Louis.
As Pujols rounded first base he pointed out toward the stands in recognition of family and friends and maybe some of the children from his Pujols Family Foundation that received tickets for the series. Pujols spent over $35,000 on tickets for family, friends, and members of his foundation.
After rounding the bases, Pujols received a curtain call from the St. Louis fans and Pujols obliged by coming up out of the dugout and waved his helmet to the adoring fans. He also received a big bear hug from Ike Trout on his return to the dugout.
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Unfortunately just like in game one of the series the Angels lost this time by the score of 4-2. A two-run error by Felix Pena in the fifth inning was the key to the game. Pena attempted to field a Hudson bunt with runners at first and second and get a force out at third but his throw was wild and it allowed two Cardinal runners to score for a 2-0 lead.
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In the 6th inning Marcelo Ozuna hit his 2nd home run in two games a two-run blast to left which put the Cardinals up 4-0. Pujols and then Justin Upton an inning later hit solo home runs to make it 4-2, but they could get no closer.
However what most fans will remember will not be the score, but Pujols’ home run and the curtain call that followed. Albert Pujols again soaked it in and enjoyed it as well he should. It was definitely a special moment in Cardinal history and Albert Pujols history as well.