As Albert Pujols came up for his first at-bat against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, the TBS announcers discussed the fact that he hasn’t hit a home run in the postseason since 2006. Moments later, he hit one, a shot that put the St. Louis Cardinals up 2-0 in the first inning.
It was just the beginning.
The Cardinals crushed the Brewers 12-3 in Game 2 of the NLCS. Along the way, Pujols was responsible for five RBIs and scored a run sliding into home on a wild pitch. He became the only player in play-off history to have three extra-base hits in two separate games
"He's unbelievable," teammate Rafael Furcal told the media after the game. "You know what Albert can do. It's not a surprise. You know what kind of hitter he is, what kind of player he is." .
The Cards head back to St. Louis with new life, tied 1-1 in the series with the Brewers.
"Two months ago, everybody was making vacation plans and thinking that we were out," Pujols said after the game. "And we had 35 games left and we just told ourselves, 'Let's see how many games we can win.' "
Now their plans remain the same: win another game. And another. And another. Perhaps until the win their way to another World Series ring.
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