As Albert Pujols continues to climb the all-time home run list during his retirement season, he’s also setting major league records in the process.
On Monday night in Cincinnati, the St. Louis Cardinals hitter hit career No. 694 home run, and it came against a 450th other pitcher, a major league record.
This time it was Reds reliever Ross Detwiler, who was on the wrong end of a drive from Pujols, who lined a 369-foot homer with two runs down right field in the third inning and gave St. Louis an 8-0 lead with a tie to break Barry Bonds. The Cardinals won the game 13-4.
“Obviously his career speaks for itself,” said Detwiler. “All his numbers are better than anything I’ve personally seen. It’s kind of incredible. He’s been so good for so long.
“I got there before him. I was trying to hit a high fastball. I couldn’t get it high enough and it flowed down the plate a little more than I wanted. The ball bounces off his racquet.”
It continued a remarkable run for 42-year-old Pujols, who has eight homers in August alone, and Bonds (April 2007) and Carl Yastrzemski (July 1983) for the most in a single month by a player age 42 or older separated . It’s the most home runs Pujols has hit in a single calendar month since June 2015, when he hit 13.
He only had seven this season from April to July.
“It’s very special,” Pujols said of the Cincinnati crowd, where many fans wore Cardinals gear and gave him a warm welcome every time he stepped on the plate. “The energy is something very special. She means a lot to me. I’m enjoying it at the moment.”
It was his 134th home run of his career in August, Pujols’ most successful month. He broke a tie with Alex Rodriguez in second place behind Bonds’ 148.
Pujols is now just two home runs away to tie Rodriguez in fourth on the all-time list (696). Bonds tops the list with 762, followed by Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Rodriguez.
Pujols has hit 15 homers in a season for the 21st time in his career, tying Bonds for the most in major league history.
“We’re having a great time watching him do what he does,” said St. Louis coach Oliver Marmol. “He swings the bat well. He stayed in that place well. It was a good swing all around. When it gets hot it gives everyone confidence.”
Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34485004/cincinnati-reds-ross-detwiler-becomes-record-450th-pitcher-allow-home-run-st-louis-cardinals-albert-pujols Cincinnati Reds’ Ross Detwiler becomes record 450th pitcher to allow home run to St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols