Albert Pujols came into yesterday's game with 498 home runs. Nobody knew when he would hit his 500th; all they knew was that it was coming. He has been one of the hottest hitters to open the season, and after hitting no. 500 yesterday, he leads the league in home runs. He and the Angles took on the Washington Nationals, who have not been the hottest to start the season, going 11-9 in their first 20 games.
Pujols opened up the scoring in the first, by hitting a three-run home run to left field. Just three batters into the game, Albert Pujols had hit his 499th career home run. He was only one tater away from reaching one of the rarest clubs in all of baseball. The Nationals scored runs on both Danny Espinosa's and Ian Desmond's at bats, but neither were credited with a run batted in. That would be the first and last time the Nationals had their chance to win the ballgame. In the top of the fifth, Albert Pujols hit a mammoth shot to left-center field for number 500. That would put the nail in the coffin for the Nationals.
The Angels were lead by three players with two hits. Their starter, Tyler Skaggs, went seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He now has a 3.21 ERA on the season. For the Nationals, three players, including pitcher Taylor Jordan, lead the team with one hit. Jordan pitched five innings, allowing six runs, four earned runs, and eight hits. He is 0-3 with a 6.23 ERA on the season.
Angels 7, Nationals 2