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Albert Pujols hits milestone homer; Angels lose again

Sep 13, 2012, 1:15 AM EDT

Albert Pujols Reuters

Don’t blame Albert Pujols; baseball’s best player over the last decade went 2-for-4 and hit his 30th homer Wednesday, yet the Angels lost their third straight to the A’s by a 4-1 score.

Pujols’ homer was his 30th of the season. He’s reached that mark all 12 seasons of his career, tying him with Jimmie Foxx for the third longest streak of all time. Only Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez, who both recorded 13 straight 30-homer seasons, had longer streaks.

Pujols also tied Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 28th place on the all-time home run list at 475. Pujols was nicknamed “El Hombre” in St. Louis as a reference to “The Man” that preceded him as the Cardinals’ brightest star.

Still, for all the great company that Pujols is keeping, he’d surely rather be in Oakland’s place in the standings right now. A.J. Griffin shut out the Angels for eight innings tonight before Pujols homered to open the bottom of the ninth in a 4-0 game. The A’s held on from there to open up a 5 1/2-game lead over the Angels in the AL West, and they’ll go for a four-game sweep in Anaheim on Thursday.

At 82-60 with 20 games remaining, the A’s are three games behind the Rangers’ for the AL’s best record and the West lead. They are, however, in a commanding position in the wild card. They’re two games ahead of both the Orioles and Yankees, five games ahead of the Rays and seven games ahead of the Tigers. Two of those teams (or the aforementioned Angels) would have to pass them to deny the A’s a wild card spot.

As for the Angels, things look very dim now. Even if they salvage Wednesday’s game, they’d still be 4 1/2 back of the A’s, and with the other teams in the mix, they’d have a difficult path even if the A’s collapsed.

  1. kiwicricket - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Thats right Albert…stand and admire your HR when you are down by a couple and about to lose again to the A’s.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:06 AM

      Losing to the A’s or not, I have to say that the unwritten rule that you can’t watch a majestic HR, even though hitting a round ball 400 feet off a round bat when you had only a split second to see the ball and swing, is one of the most offensive to me as a fan. If I could hit HRs, I would stand at home plate until every one of them hit the seats. It’s a pretty amazing feat no matter what the score is.

      • clydeserra - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

        I never understood why that was so bad. Prance at every home run like Ken Griffey, Jr. OK that is a little too much, but moonshots sure that is impressive. watch it.

  2. willclarkgameface - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Well, Pujols can also watch the A’s land 400 feet in front of him and the Anaheim Angels in the standings.

    Anaheim is not in Los Angeles. I will not give Arte Moreno the satisfaction.

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