Albert Pujols accomplishes one of baseball's rarest feats

May 06, 2018, 04:59
Albert Pujols accomplishes one of baseball's rarest feats

Future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols is just 2 hits shy of 3,000.

Shohei Ohtani played his first career game in Seattle on Friday night when the Los Angeles Angels visited the Mariners, and the fans in attendance did not exactly give him a warm reception.

While he has slowed on the basepaths during the Anaheim chapter of his career, this season also has been rejuvenating for Pujols, who is playing first base regularly after several years primarily serving as a designated hitter. He's the first player to reach the 3,000 hits since Adrian Beltre previous year against Baltimore. He's the first player to reach 3,000 hits since Adrian Beltre a year ago against Baltimore.

Pujols dumped the single into shallow right field in the fifth inning against Mike Leake.

He is the sixth worldwide player to reach the milestone and is the first player to collect his 3,000th Major League Baseball hit since Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre on July 30 last season. He showed what they missed out on with two hits, including a two-out RBI double after Pujols' 3,000th hit, giving the Angels a 3-0 lead. The next closest player to 3,000 is Miguel Cabrera, who is more than 300 hits away.

Cabrera had to leave the Tigers' 10-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals after straining his hamstring in the sixth inning and was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday.

Those cheers turned to boos when Ohtani was announced.

Meanwhile, roughly 2,300 miles south of Seattle, four Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers combined to no-hit the San Diego Padres in Monterrey, Mexico, as part of MLB's Mexico Series. The Mariners believed they had a shot at landing the Japanese star last off-season, only to see him choose a division rival.

Albert Pujols hit into baseball history at Safeco Field.

Mariners: Lefty Marco Gonzales (3-2) goes for his second straight victory.