ANAHEIM, Calif. — Albert Pujols checked his telephone between innings and noticed a textual content from his spouse in the stands. Deidre Pujols bluntly instructed him to cease urgent so exhausting for his 600th homer.
Though the Los Angeles Angels slugger is not strictly speculated to be utilizing his telephone throughout video games, that message was precisely what Pujols wanted to listen to in order to succeed in the following milestone in a outstanding profession.
Pujols hit a grand slam in the fourth inning Saturday evening, changing into the ninth member of the 600-homer club in the course of the Angels' 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
After three straight homerless video games since hitting No. 599, Pujols reached the mark in theatrical model, placing a low pitch from Ervin Santana (7-three) excessive down the left-area line and into Angel Stadium's brief porch for his 14th grand slam. The Anaheim crowd roared whereas fireworks soared overhead for the 37-year-previous's ninth homer of the season and his 155th for the Angels.
Pujols paused on the dugout steps to wave to the gang — and to plant a kiss on Deidre, who had given him the identical message Friday evening.
"I am glad I take heed to her one in some time," Pujols stated with a smile. "At a second like this, I all the time begin placing stress on myself. Often she'll give me some encouragement. It was only a good time to verify my telephone, and I am glad I did."
Pujols staked the Angels to a 7- lead along with his ninth homer this season. He turned the fourth youngest to succeed in the 600-homer club — and the primary to hitch it with a slam.
Santana had yielded only one earned run in 29 innings on the street this 12 months earlier than struggling at Angel Stadium, the place he was Pujols' teammate in the course of the 2012 season after the slugger signed as a free agent and earlier than Santana was traded to Kansas Metropolis.
"I imply, I am not the one one, you already know?" Santana stated. "I am most likely No. 599 of the 600 club. I am comfortable for him. I am glad he bought it carried out."
Really, Santana is one in all 386 pitches to surrender a homer to Pujols, who has homered in opposition to all 30 groups and in 37 ballparks.
Andrelton Simmons and Kole Calhoun hit again-to-again homers in the third inning for the Angels.
Max Kepler homered for Minnesota.
Matt Shoemaker (5-three) pitched 5-hit ball into the seventh inning for his fourth victory in his final 5 begins. After Minnesota took a -zero lead in the primary inning on Kepler's RBI single, Shoemaker discovered his groove and largely restricted the Minnesota lineup that scored 11 runs on Friday.
The Angels went forward in the third when Simmons delivered a two-run shot to left for his sixth homer and Calhoun added a shot to proper for his eighth. Pujols got here up subsequent with an opportunity to present the Angels again-to-again-to-again homers — however he struck out on three pitches.
An inning later, Pujols bought it carried out.
"Albert chasing historical past, I believe that we are able to all admire that," Minnesota supervisor Paul Molitor stated. "Just a little robust to applaud when it is a grand slam that sort of places you down by six, however give him credit score."
The homer was caught on the fly by Scott Steffel, a 23-year-previous graphic designer and die-exhausting Angels fan who had been coming to video games along with his father and brother all week since seeing Pujols' 599th homer. Steffel introduced the ball to Pujols on the sphere after the sport.