Cardinals’ Albert Pujols hits grand slam in opposition to Rockies for profession house run no.  690

Cardinals’ Albert Pujols hits grand slam in opposition to Rockies for profession house run no. 690

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Cardinals designated hitter Albert Pujols hit his 690th profession house run on Thursday afternoon in opposition to the Colorado Rockies (GameTracker). Pujols’ blast, a pinch-hit grand slam, got here within the third inning and led St. Louis with a rating of 10-0.

Check out Pujols’ house run in all its swinging glory:

Based on Statcast, Pujols’ house run had an exit velocity of 105.1 mph and traveled about 374 toes. Along with being the sixteenth of his profession, it’s the third grand slam hit within the first three innings of a sport. according to MLB’s Paul Casella. Pujols was traded for Brendan Donovan as a method of gaining platoon upside in opposition to lefty Austin Gomber, a former Cardinal who was despatched to Colorado as a part of the Nolan Arenado commerce.

Pujols, 42, entered Thursday hitting .251/.330/.460 (126 OPS+) with 10 house runs and 30 runs batted in by means of his first 67 video games this yr. He has performed notably properly of late, hitting .395/.452/.790 with 4 house runs in 14 second-half video games.

Pujols has introduced his intention to retire on the finish of the season. That offers him some valuable time if he’ll turn out to be the fourth participant to ever hit the 700-homer mark. Nevertheless, Pujols has an opportunity to match or surpass Alex Rodriguez’s 696 house runs for fourth most all-time.

The Cardinals entered Thursday’s sport with a 65-51 document on the yr, placing them three video games again of the Milwaukee Brewers within the Nationwide League Central. Proper-hander Adam Wainwright and shortstop Yadier Molina are additionally anticipated to retire on the finish of the season, ending an period in Cardinals baseball historical past.

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