Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals (67-54) couldn’t have started their road trip off in a better way. After a lead-off walk to Skip Schumaker and a soft line drive single by single by Jon Jay, Albert Pujols came to the plate. However, it wasn’t against Pittsburg’s starter Ross Ohlendorf.
Sean Gallagher replaced Ohlendorf who suffered an injury, and Gallagher’s first pitch was crushed over the center field wall by Pujols to put St. Louis up 3-0 in the blink of an eye.
The bomb was Albert’s 399th career home run, and NL leading 33rd of the season. He’s currently tied for 47th on the all-time home run list.
Matt Holliday doubled and was sent around to score on an RBI single by Yadier Molina later in the first to give Kyle Loshe a 4-0 cushion before toeing the rubber.
The Cincinnati Reds are playing on the west coast against the San Francisco Giants so a big lead or a Cardinal victory will certainly put some pressure on the first-place Reds.