Albert Pujols became a member of a brand new echelon of MLB’s all-time finest hitters on Friday.
“The Machine” notched two home runs from the Dodgers, one out of the top third inning and something within the 4th, to get only the 4th player in Major league baseball history to achieve 700 homers.
In the top 4th inning with runners on second and third base, Albert Pujols blasted Dodgers pitcher Phil Bickford’s slider deep to left field for any three-run homer to secure the historic milestone.
Using the legendary blast, Pujols has hit exactly 500 home runs off right-handed pitchers and 200 of left-handed pitchers in the career, based on ESPN Stats and Info. The 11-time All-Star joins Craig Bonds (762), Henry Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) within the 700 homers club.
Also, he becomes just the second player, together with Aaron, to achieve a minimum of 700 homers and three,000 hits.
Before the milestone homer, Pujols began the night time by hitting his 699th homer, blasting Dodgers starter Andrew Heaney’s fastball 434 ft deep to left field for any two-run shot.
With Pujols’s two home runs, lucrative sits at 2,208 RBIs for his career, six from tying Ruth for that second nearly all-time. The 2-time World Series champion joined Friday’s game batting .313/.378/.657 with 13 home runs and 33 RBIs in games performed within the other half of year.
Inside a season of historic sluggers, Pujols’s legendary career has in some way arrived at new heights.