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Pujols’ Saturday Duos


On Saturday, Albert Pujols hit home runs in his first two at-bats against the Minnesota Twins’ Kevin Slowey, driving in four – two each time. Pujols now has 28 home runs and 74 RBI on the season.

In each of his subsequent plate appearances, Pujols was sent to first base on walks. Pujols’ fifth and final at-bat for the Cardinals in their 5-3 victory did not occur as he was in the on-deck circle when Colby Rasmus ground into a double play to end the home eighth.

Among Pujols’ Saturday feats:

  • This was the 20th time Pujols homered on consecutive plate appearances in his 29 career multi-home run games. Three other games had a walk or sacrifice fly in between the homers.
  • It was Pujols’ sixth multi-home run game in the first half of this season alone.
  • It was also Albert’s 11th multi-RBI game in June, which represents the most of any month in his eight-and-a-half year career.
  • It was the Cardinals’ 23rd two home run, two walk performance in the last 55 years. Pujols has the last four, but Mark McGwire has the most during this time with six.

Cardinals Multi-Home Run Games (1954-2009)

Albert Pujols 29
Mark McGwire 28
Stan Musial 17
Ray Lankford 17
Jim Edmonds 17
Ken Boyer 17
George Hendrick 10

Cardinals Two Home Run, Two Walk Games (1954-2009)

Date Opp PA AB R H HR RBI BB IBB SO SF GDP SB BOr Posn
Albert Pujols 6/27/2009 MIN W 5 - 3 4 2 2 2 2 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 3rd 1B
Albert Pujols 5/30/2009 @SFG W 6 - 2 5 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 3rd 1B
Albert Pujols 4/3/2006 @PHI W 13 - 5 5 2 3 2 2 4 2 0 0 1 0 0 3rd 1B
Albert Pujols 5/9/2005 LAD W 4 - 2 4 2 2 2 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 3rd 1B
Jim Edmonds 8/31/2004 SDP W 9 - 3 5 3 2 3 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 5th CF
Jim Edmonds 6/28/2003 @KCR W 13 - 9 6 4 4 4 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2nd CF
J.D. Drew 4/21/2001 @HOU W 9 - 2 5 3 2 2 2 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 2nd RF
Fernando Tatis 7/13/2000 @CHW W 13 - 5 5 3 3 2 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 4th 3B
Mark McGwire 4/13/1999 @PIT W 4 - 2 5 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 3rd 1B
Mark McGwire 9/2/1998 @FLA W 14 - 4 5 3 3 2 2 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 3rd 1B
Mark McGwire 8/19/1998 @CHC W 8 - 6 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3rd 1B
Mark McGwire 7/17/1998 LAD W 4 - 1 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3rd 1B
Mark McGwire 4/14/1998 ARI W 15 - 5 5 3 4 3 3 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 3rd 1B
Mark McGwire 9/27/1997 CHC W 12 - 4 5 2 2 2 2 4 3 0 0 0 0 1 3rd 1B
Ray Lankford 7/15/1997 @CIN W 7 - 4 5 3 2 2 2 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 4th CF
Ray Lankford 6/27/1994 @NYM W 9 - 8 5 3 3 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3rd CF
Ray Lankford 9/1/1991 @SFG W 14 - 1 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 1st CF
Terry Kennedy 6/20/1980 @CIN W 7 - 5 5 3 2 2 2 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 6th LF
Dick Allen 7/27/1970 @CIN W 16 - 9 6 4 3 2 2 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 4th 1B
Bill White 5/5/1965 SFG L 5 - 10 5 3 2 2 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 5th 1B
Ken Boyer 5/15/1960 @CHC W 6 - 1 5 3 2 2 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 1st 3B
Wally Moon 6/9/1956 PIT W 8 - 3 5 3 3 3 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 5th 1B
Rip Repulski 7/1/1955 @CHC L 7 - 11 5 3 2 3 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 6th LF

Thanks to Tom Orf for supplying the data.

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