Veteran first basement Albert Pujols belted his 400th career home run as the Washington Nationals rallied past his St Louis Cardinals 11-10 in extra innings yesterday in Washington DC. The 9x All-Star is one five players in MLB history to have 400 homers, 1,200 RBIs and a .330 average, sharing the mark with Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. Despite his most recent career accomplishment, Pujols seemed more concerned with the loss, saying “It’s a special milestone, but I don’t play for numbers.” The Cardinals are now four games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central with a 68-57 record. The Wild Card race is also tight between the Cards, Phillies and Giants.
The Nationals are now battling for pride in light of their 54-74 record with 34 games left to play this regular season. Even with rookie ace Stephen Strasburg out with a torn ligament in his right elbow, the young lineup will look to prove themselves as contenders in the years to come. “I don’t really know what big league playoff baseball feels like — I’m sure the atmosphere is a little bit more hectic,” shortstop Ian Desmond said after he produced the game winning single in the 13th. “That was a great-played game by both sides.” The offensive contest featured 30 hits, 15 pitchers and six lead changes. Washington and St Louis are set to matchup for three more games at Nationals Park starting tonight at 7:05 PM.