Well, it appears a day off was just was the doctor ordered. Last night, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia kept the struggling Albert Pujols out of the lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays. Entering today’s action, Pujols was hitting .194 without a homerun and had only 5 RBI.
But today was a new day. After going hitless in his first two at bats, Pujols finally went deep slamming a two run homerun off Jays starting pitcher Drew Hutchison en route to a 4-3 win. It’s the 446th homerun of his career and first as a member of the Angels. Pujols had gone 110 at bats (and 116 plate appearances) before hitting one over the fence. It was the longest homerless drought of his storied career.
I heard about Pujols’ dinger while listening to the Orioles-Red Sox game (which as I write this has entered the bottom of the 15th inning) on the radio. Red Sox broadcaster Dave O’Brien said, “Don’t be surprised if Pujols hits six homeruns over the next week.” I second that motion.