Pujols Reaches 3000 Hits

Hope Soto
May 6, 2018

Friday: Went 3 for 5, including his sixth double and second triple of the year, and scored a run in a 5-0 win over the Mariners in Seattle, a game in which the Angels' Albert Pujols got his 3,000th hit.

With two outs in the fifth, Pujols flared a low, 1-0 slider from Seattle's Mike Leake into shallow right field.

With the hit, the Los Angeles Angels slugger pulled into a tie with Roberto Clemente for 31st on MLB's all-time hit list.

After singling off Mariners starter Mike Leake (3-3) and coming around to score in a two-run fourth inning, Ohtani doubled to deep left in his next at-bat in the fifth to score Justin Upton and advance Albert Pujols to third.

BC-BBA-Angels-Pujols 3000,166Albert Pujols becomes 32nd player in 3,000-hit clubAP Photo WAET107, WAET109Eds: APNewsNow.

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Pujols now sits at 3,000 and Miguel Cabrera (2,666) and Robinson Cano (2,408) round out the top five.

He is also only the second Dominican born Major League Baseball player to reach 3,000 hits, the first being Beltre.

Those cheers turned to boos when Ohtani was announced.

Pujols joined Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez as the only players in baseball history with 3,000 hits and 600 homers. The Mariners believed they had a shot at landing the Japanese star last offseason, only to see him choose a division rival. Being the 402nd overall pick in the draft, Pujols just hoped to make a Major League roster. He won three MVPs and finished second in the voting four other times. As of Wednesday, May 2, Pujols sits at 2,998 career hits. Scioscia said Ohtani's bullpen session on Friday went well and as long as there aren't any issues when he's re-examined on Saturday he's expected to start the series finale in Seattle. Gonzales allowed two earned runs in six innings in his last start against Cleveland.

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