Albert Pujols did everything you can do on a baseball field – except pitch. That changed Sunday night against the San Francisco Giants.
Street. Louis – St. Louis Cardinals legend Albert Pujols has done just about everything in his major league career. It had never been pitched – until Sunday night.
Pujols took the hill in the ninth inning with the Cardinals leading 15-2 against the San Francisco Giants.
“They were looking and I was like, ‘Oh I’ll do that, why not.'” “It was a dream come true. Now I can say I did it. And it was fun. It wasn’t fun giving up two bombs, but I think the fans had a good time and I’m sure the guys who took me did,” Pujols said after the match.
Pujols was the Cardinals’ DH in the game, and had already gone 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI when head coach Oliver Marmul moved him to the mound in the ninth.
Pujols walked his first batter, Darren Roof on five pitches. The second batter he faced, Austin Slater lined center fielder Harrison Bader for the first out of the inning.
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Pujols was nearly knocked out in the first inning by a double play off the bat of Cerro Estrada, but was only good for a power out of second base.
The future Hall of Famer has had some trouble from there.
He gave up a three-run home run to center fielder Luis Gonzalez who pitched the eighth inning for the Giants, then gave up a leadoff single to Giants catcher Joey Bart.
“He needs to keep his outfield,” Cardinals’ Yadier Molina joked after the game.
Pujols pushed LaMonte Wade Jr. to Brendan Donovan to end the inning, and the game. The Cardinals won 15-6.
After his first outing as a pitcher, Pujols has a career hit of 36.00.
“That’s one of the reasons why this season has been magical. Things like that can happen,” Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright said after the game.
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