As Albert Pujols continues to climb the all-time home run list during his farewell season, he’s also setting major league records in the process.
On Monday night in Cincinnati, the St. Louis Cardinals slugger hit home run No. 694, and it came against a different pitcher with No. 450, a major league record.
This time, it was Reds reliever Ross Detwiler, who was on the wrong end of a Pujols drive, who hit a 369-foot, two-run homer to right field in the third inning, giving St. Louis an 8-0 lead and breaking a tie with Barry Bonds. The Cardinals won the game 13-4.
“Obviously his career speaks for itself,” Detwiler said. “All of his numbers are better than anything he’s ever seen in person. It’s unbelievable. He’s been so good for so long.”
“I got ahead of him. I tried to throw a high fastball. I didn’t get it high enough and it spilled over the plate a little more than I wanted to. The ball bounces off his bat.”
A remarkable streak continued for the 42-year-old Pujols, who has eight home runs in August alone, tying Bonds (April 2007) and Carl Yastrzemski (July 1983) for the most in a single month by a player age 42 or plus. . 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 from April to July of this season.
“It’s pretty special,” Pujols said of the crowd in Cincinnati, where many fans dressed in Cardinals gear and gave him a warm welcome every time he approached home plate. “The energy is quite special. It means a lot to me. Right now, I’m enjoying it.”
It was his 134th career home run in August, Pujols’ most prolific month. He broke a tie with Alex Rodriguez for second behind Bonds’ 148.
Pujols is now just two home runs away from tying Rodriguez for fourth on the all-time list (696). Bonds leads the list with 762, followed by Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Rodriguez.
Pujols has hit 15 home runs in a season for the 21st time in his career, tying Bonds for the most in major league history.
“We’re having a lot of fun watching him do what he’s been doing,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “He’s hitting well. He held up well on that field. It was a good swing all the way around. When he gets hot, he gives everybody confidence.”
Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.