Final Score In Our Nation's Capitol: Angels 7, Nationals 2
Hats off to the classy crowd at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. who gave Albert Pujols a standing ovation in the fifth inning when he hit his 500th career home run. The future Hall of Famer gave them a curtain call and the cheers erupted even louder despite the fact that the big hits of the evening by Albert amounted to a stake in the heart of the home team's chances of winning.
On days that they win they seem unbeatable and the key to the offense being Albert was underscored as he drove in five of the seven Halo runs on the night.
Tyler Skaggs had one shaky inning where he threw 27 pitches but, lucky to get out of a traffic jam on the bases only surrendering two runs he was there when Albert hit a bomb to centerfield. It was the 500th ball to go over the wall for Albert. He has also hit 18 postseason home runs - we should hope he adds to that total. Skaggs got the W the Angels are .500 and look to go above it when they aim to sweep the DC crew in front of their classy fans Wednesday night.
When Pujols was interviewed on the field after the game he thanked Jesus Christ and was showered with Gatorade by teammate Howie Kendrick. Interviewer Jose Mota quipped "You have been baptized again now".