Albert Pujols Powers Los Angeles Angels over Texas Rangers

By Rodney Coe
Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton
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The Los Angeles Angels out powered the Texas Rangers in a game that featured seven home runs. With all the attention on the return of Josh Hamilton to Texas, someone forgot to remind the Rangers of a guy named Albert Pujols. His two home runs and three RBI’s blasted the Angels over the Rangers 8-4.

The story has tried to be about Hamilton returning to face his former team, but he was 0-4 Friday night and 0-3 tonight. He did manage to find first base on a walk in the first inning, and came home when Mark Trumbo hit the second home run of the first inning. The first home run was Pujols plastering one 431 feet in the lawn over the center field wall.

Rangers’ manager Ron Washington must have seen the fire in Pujols’ eyes because he decided to intentionally walk Pujols three times tonight. The only other time he let Pujols swing, Pujols blasted another home run 425 feet over the left field fence. It was his fourth multi-home run game in the last fifteen at Rangers Ballpark. The Angels got another home run from catcher Chris Iannetta in the seventh.

You would think with four home runs from the Angels, that slugger Hamilton would have had at least one. However, the only story about him was the Rangers’ intentional walks of Pujols meant they wanted Hamilton to swing the bat. He swung and missed.

Besides the four home runs from the Angels, the Rangers’ long ball hitters were Ian Kinsler, Mitch Moreland, and Nelson Cruz. It wasn’t enough to stay with Pujols and the Angels. It was vintage Pujols power as he lifted the Angels to their second win of the season.

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