By Pete Zarustica
Albert Pujols rolled past another milestone in his sure-to-be Hall of Fame career as he got his 3,000th and 3,001st career hits in Friday’s 5-0 win by the Angels over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
Not only did Pujols get his historic hit(s), the win kept the Halos a scant .12 percent ahead of the Houston Astros in first place in the American League West race. The M’s dropped a game and a half back.
Pujols’ history-making hit came in the fifth inning, a flare to right field that set off the celebration. He later added another single.
“I knew it was going to happen one of these days, and it happened tonight,” Pujols said. “I’m just glad that I was able to accomplish that and also be able to win the game. … To be able to share this moment with not only my family and friends but my teammates, I would say those are memories that stick with you.”
The Angels had another good night at the plate with 11 hits. Mike Trout had three hits – a single, a double and a triple – to raise his batting average to .310. Shohei Ohtani had a pair of hits to go to .339, while Andrelton Simmons was also .339 after three hits.
Pujols is the 32nd major league baseball player to garner 3,000 hits, but is now one of only four who have 600 home runs and 3000 hits.
The Angels will go for their fifth consecutive win on Saturday with Tyler Skaggs (3-2) on the mound.