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St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols is still stuck on home run # 1. 698 with 12 career games left, but the 42-year-old was only one of the two Cardinals to get a hit on Wednesday night.
Pujols took aim Blake Snell, pitcher of the San Diego Padres with two outs at the top of the seventh inning, ending Snell’s no-hit offer as San Diego went on to beat St. Louis 1-0 at Petco Park.
Pujols’ success came against the round when he chose the opposite side of the pitch and gave Padres coach Bob Melvin a reason to throw Snell after the seventh inning.
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“I don’t want to say I’m glad someone had a hit, but I won’t let them throw 135 pitches this time of year and that’s probably what it would take to get through it,” said Melvin.
Snell threw 117 throws in the night, hitting 13 and not allowing runs. It is the fifth consecutive victory for the Padres and the second consecutive match they have exclude the cardinals.
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“You want a guy to be able to try and get a no-hitter but as far as step count is concerned, he just wouldn’t have been able to make it at that point,” Melvin said. “There was a second hit and now you have the first and second and suddenly a base hit can equalize the game. Look, everyone was pushing for Blake to do great things. I don’t know if he would have done it he had the cards. in order to really do it “.
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Pujols, who is attempting to become the fourth player in baseball history to score 700 home runs in his career, has been stuck at 698 home runs since September 17.
“He’s a good hitter,” Snell said of Pujols.
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“I thought if I had a quick inning there I would be in eighth,” he added. “Who knows. It’s just hard; 13 strikeouts, like it’s really hard to make nine without shooting like 140, 150 (shots).”
St Louis is 7.5 more games Milwaukee Brewers in NL Central with the postseason fast approaching. The Padres remain 1.5 games over the Philadelphia Phillies for second place wild card in the National League.
The two teams conclude their three-game streak on Thursday at 4:10 PM ET.
The Associated Press contributed to this report