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Pujols does it for the 15th time: five RBI


When Dusty Baker dropped his head in the Cincinnati Reds dugout in the eighth inning Friday night, his body language said it all. The Reds manager decided to have veteran reliever David Weathers go after Albert Pujols with the bases loaded and one out with his club up by three.

Bad decision. Very bad.

As Pujols deposited Weathers’ offering into the left-center field seats, the home crowd was stunned as the St. Louis Cardinals seized a one-run lead. Though a blown save and a ninth-inning comeback gave the game-winning RBI to rookie Jarrett Hoffpauir via his first Major League hit, Pujols’ blast was the straw that stirred the proverbial drink.

Here are some factoids from Friday night’s win, courtesy of Tom Orf.

  • The Cardinals’ last road win in their last at-bat was May 10th, also in Cincinnati on a Colby Rasmus double in the tenth inning.
  • Cardinals 5-RBI games (1954-2009): 15-Pujols, 8-Mark McGwire, 7-Ken Boyer/Stan Musial, 6-Ted Simmons, 4-Jim Edmonds/George Hendrick/Edgar Renteria/Scott Rolen (see complete list below).
  • Pujols’ career slugging percentage with the bases loaded is now .814.
  • Pujols’ last 12 times up with bases-loaded: 9-of-10 with 2 sacrifice flies: 30 RBI, 5 HR, 2 2B, 2 1B, 2 SF.
  • Cardinals 4-RBI games (1954-2009): 45-Pujols, 28-Boyer, 27-Edmonds, 26-Simmons 24-Musial/Lankford, 23-McGwire, 19-Rolen.

Additional facts:

  • It was Pujols’ 350th career home run. That ties him for 78th most all-time in MLB.
  • The slam broke two of Stan Musial’s club records: Most slams in a season (four) and in a career (10).
  • It was Pujols’ sixth hit in seven at-bats with the bases loaded this season, and he’s driven in 20 runs in bases-filled spots this year.
  • Pujols leads the entire Major Leagues in home runs (31) and RBI (82). He also is first in runs (63), total bases (205), extra base hits (51), OBP (.460), SLG (.748) and of course OPS (1.208). He is “only” tied for first in walks (64).
  • Pujols has 82 RBI in the Cardinals’ first 82 games, obviously putting him on pace for a 162-RBI season. His current rate will give him 61 home runs, a magical number if there ever was one.

Cardinals 5-RBI games (1954-2009)

Player Date Opp PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF
Albert Pujols 7/3/2009 @CIN W 7 - 4 5 5 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 6/21/2009 @KCR W 12 - 5 5 5 2 4 1 0 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 4/11/2009 HOU W 11 - 2 4 4 2 2 0 0 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Kennedy 9/19/2008 @CHC W 12 - 6 5 5 3 4 1 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Troy Glaus 8/9/2008 @CHC W 12 - 3 5 5 2 3 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aaron Miles 7/13/2008 @PIT W 11 - 6 5 5 1 3 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rick Ankiel 9/6/2007 PIT W 16 - 4 5 4 4 3 1 0 2 7 1 0 0 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 7/26/2007 CHC W 11 - 1 5 4 2 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
Ryan Ludwick 6/17/2007 @OAK W 10 - 6 5 5 3 3 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 6/10/2007 LAA W 9 - 6 4 3 2 2 0 0 2 5 1 0 1 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 4/15/2007 MIL W 10 - 2 5 5 2 2 0 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Scott Rolen 9/15/2006 SFG W 14 - 4 4 4 2 3 1 0 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 9/3/2006 PIT W 6 - 3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 8/22/2006 @NYM L 7 - 8 4 4 2 2 0 0 2 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
Scott Rolen 5/13/2006 ARI W 9 - 1 4 4 1 2 1 0 1 5 0 0 2 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 4/16/2006 CIN W 8 - 7 5 4 4 3 0 0 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 9/30/2005 CIN W 12 - 6 5 4 2 2 0 0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Grudzielanek 8/8/2005 @MIL W 8 - 4 5 5 3 3 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jim Edmonds 7/28/2005 @SDP W 11 - 3 5 4 1 2 0 0 1 5 1 0 1 0 0 0
Reggie Sanders 6/4/2005 @HOU W 11 - 9 5 4 2 4 3 0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
John Mabry 5/20/2005 @KCR W 7 - 6 5 5 1 3 1 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Jim Edmonds 8/27/2004 @PIT W 8 - 5 4 2 3 2 0 0 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 1
Edgar Renteria 8/22/2004 PIT W 11 - 4 5 5 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 8/16/2004 CIN W 10 - 5 5 5 2 3 2 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 7/20/2004 @CHC W 11 - 8 5 5 4 5 1 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
John Mabry 6/11/2004 @TEX W 12 - 7 5 4 2 3 0 0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Scott Rolen 4/10/2004 @ARI W 10 - 2 4 4 2 2 0 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Edgar Renteria 9/18/2003 MIL W 13 - 0 5 4 2 4 2 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 8/31/2003 @CIN W 5 - 0 4 4 2 2 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scott Rolen 8/19/2003 PIT W 13 - 5 5 5 1 3 1 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tino Martinez 8/12/2003 @PIT W 10 - 6 5 4 1 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 1
Edgar Renteria 4/13/2003 @HOU W 11 - 8 5 4 2 2 0 0 2 5 1 0 1 0 0 0
Jim Edmonds 4/8/2003 @COL W 15 - 12 7 6 2 4 2 0 1 5 1 1 1 0 0 0
Edgar Renteria 9/4/2002 CIN W 10 - 5 5 5 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fernando Vina 5/26/2002 @PIT W 7 - 3 4 3 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
Mark McGwire 10/4/2001 @MIL W 10 - 3 4 4 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 9/21/2001 @PIT W 9 - 5 5 5 1 2 1 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 9/18/2001 MIL W 9 - 4 4 3 2 2 1 0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Fernando Vina 6/26/2001 CIN L 9 - 10 6 5 0 3 0 1 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Will Clark 9/24/2000 @CHC L 5 - 10 4 4 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fernando Tatis 9/16/2000 CHC W 7 - 6 4 4 2 2 0 0 2 5 0 0 2 0 0 0
Jim Edmonds 8/2/2000 @MON W 10 - 7 5 4 3 2 0 0 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Shawon Dunston 6/22/2000 SFG W 11 - 10 5 5 2 3 1 0 2 6 0 0 1 0 0 0
Ray Lankford 5/27/2000 NYM L 8 - 12 5 3 2 2 1 0 1 5 1 0 1 0 0 1
Mark McGwire 5/18/2000 @PHI W 7 - 2 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
Eli Marrero 4/20/2000 SDP W 14 - 1 5 5 2 2 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
J.D. Drew 4/6/2000 CHC W 13 - 3 4 3 2 2 0 0 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mark McGwire 8/13/1999 CHC W 7 - 1 4 4 2 3 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mark McGwire 7/16/1999 CHW L 8 - 9 5 4 2 2 0 0 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mark McGwire 7/2/1999 ARI L 5 - 9 5 4 2 3 0 0 2 5 1 0 1 0 0 0
Shawon Dunston 5/9/1999 PIT L 9 - 12 5 5 2 2 0 1 1 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Fernando Tatis 4/23/1999 @LAD W 12 - 5 5 5 2 2 0 0 2 8 0 0 2 0 0 0
Ray Lankford 7/20/1998 @SDP W 13 - 1 6 5 3 3 1 0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mark McGwire 5/19/1998 @PHI W 10 - 8 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 2 0 0 0
Mark McGwire 4/14/1998 ARI W 15 - 5 5 3 4 3 0 0 3 5 2 1 0 0 0 0
Mark McGwire 8/22/1997 @FLA W 7 - 3 5 4 2 2 0 0 2 5 1 0 2 0 0 0
John Mabry 6/3/1997 COL W 15 - 4 4 4 1 3 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ray Lankford 7/15/1996 @CIN W 8 - 3 5 5 3 3 1 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Jordan 7/13/1996 @CHC W 10 - 5 4 4 2 3 0 0 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Jordan 6/24/1996 @ATL W 9 - 2 4 3 1 2 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Gary Gaetti 6/14/1996 NYM W 13 - 4 5 4 3 3 1 0 2 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
Willie McGee 5/9/1996 SFG W 16 - 8 2 2 2 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scott Cooper 7/1/1995 @CHC L 7 - 8 5 4 0 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 1
Todd Zeile 8/8/1994 @FLA W 11 - 1 5 4 2 2 0 0 2 6 0 0 1 1 0 0
Gregg Jefferies 4/15/1994 SDP W 10 - 6 5 5 2 3 1 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Mark Whiten 1993-09-07( @CIN W 15 - 2 5 5 4 4 0 0 4 12 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Jordan 7/1/1993 PHI W 14 - 5 5 4 2 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 1
Ozzie Smith 6/17/1993 @CHC W 11 - 10 6 5 1 5 3 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Hector Villanueva 6/3/1993 @CIN W 9 - 2 5 5 1 3 1 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Andres Galarraga 8/15/1992 @MON W 6 - 4 4 3 1 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
Felix Jose 5/17/1992 @HOU W 7 - 5 5 5 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luis Alicea 5/11/1992 ATL W 8 - 3 4 4 0 3 2 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Milt Thompson 4/7/1992 NYM W 9 - 2 4 4 0 3 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Felix Jose 9/1/1991 @SFG W 14 - 1 5 4 3 3 0 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 1
Tom Pagnozzi 5/26/1991 @NYM W 14 - 4 6 6 0 4 1 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pedro Guerrero 4/26/1990 @LAD W 7 - 1 5 5 2 3 0 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Pedro Guerrero 4/21/1990 PHI L 6 - 7 5 4 1 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 1
Pedro Guerrero 9/8/1989 @CHC W 11 - 8 5 4 2 4 0 0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tony Pena 8/22/1989 @ATL W 10 - 5 5 4 0 3 1 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 1 0
Tom Herr 4/18/1987 NYM W 12 - 8 6 3 2 3 1 0 1 6 2 0 0 0 1 0
Willie McGee 5/20/1985 ATL W 14 - 0 5 5 3 3 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Willie McGee 6/23/1984 @CHC L 11 - 12 6 6 3 4 1 1 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
David Green 8/10/1983 @CHC W 9 - 5 7 7 2 3 1 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Tom Herr 8/5/1983 PHI L 7 - 10 4 4 1 3 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Darrell Porter 5/10/1983 @SFG W 8 - 4 4 4 2 2 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
George Hendrick 6/29/1982 @PHI W 15 - 3 5 4 2 2 1 0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 1
Lonnie Smith 4/10/1982 PIT L 7 - 11 5 5 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Darrell Porter 9/17/1981 @MON W 7 - 4 4 4 1 2 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ted Simmons 9/25/1980 @PIT W 10 - 2 5 4 3 3 0 0 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
Dane Iorg 8/28/1980 ATL W 11 - 2 5 5 1 3 2 0 0 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
Terry Kennedy 6/20/1980 @CIN W 7 - 5 5 3 2 2 0 0 2 6 2 0 0 0 0 0
George Hendrick 6/9/1980 @ATL W 8 - 5 5 5 2 3 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Keith Hernandez 6/3/1980 @NYM W 8 - 1 5 4 3 3 0 0 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ted Simmons 5/9/1980 LAD W 15 - 7 5 4 2 2 0 0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
George Hendrick 4/17/1980 @PIT W 12 - 9 5 5 1 4 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Keith Hernandez 1979-07-30( @MON W 7 - 2 4 3 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 1
Ted Simmons 6/11/1979 @LAD W 9 - 7 5 5 2 3 0 0 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
George Hendrick 8/25/1978 @ATL W 11 - 10 6 5 3 4 1 0 2 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
Mike Tyson 8/19/1977 SDP W 12 - 4 4 4 2 3 1 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ken Reitz 1977-06-28( PIT W 13 - 3 5 5 3 3 0 0 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Keith Hernandez 4/22/1977 @PHI W 10 - 1 5 5 2 3 0 1 1 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Joe Ferguson 1976-09-15( @NYM W 7 - 0 4 4 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reggie Smith 5/22/1976 @PHI W 7 - 6 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ted Simmons 5/17/1975 @SFG W 17 - 2 6 5 2 3 0 1 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Reggie Smith 5/4/1975 CHC L 6 - 8 5 5 2 5 1 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bob Gibson 1973-07-26( NYM W 13 - 1 5 5 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Ted Simmons 7/2/1973 PHI W 7 - 4 4 4 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ted Simmons 6/27/1973 @PIT W 15 - 4 6 4 2 3 2 0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 1
Luis Melendez 6/24/1972 @NYM W 11 - 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jose Cardenal 8/23/1970 @SDP W 8 - 7 5 3 1 3 1 0 1 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Hague 8/8/1970 MON W 11 - 10 6 6 2 3 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Hague 7/2/1970 @MON L 10 - 13 5 4 2 2 0 0 2 5 1 0 1 0 0 0
Dick Allen 6/2/1970 SFG W 12 - 1 5 5 3 3 0 0 2 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
Joe Hague 5/28/1970 @NYM W 9 - 2 5 5 2 4 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Torre 1969-09-10( @PIT W 11 - 2 6 4 1 2 0 1 0 5 2 0 1 0 0 0
Mike Shannon 8/15/1968 @CHC W 8 - 0 5 5 2 3 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Curt Flood 4/24/1968 CIN W 7 - 0 5 5 0 3 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Curt Flood 1967-05-29( @CIN L 6 - 7 4 4 1 3 0 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Lou Brock 4/15/1967 LAD W 13 - 4 6 6 3 4 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jerry Buchek 9/30/1965 @HOU W 19 - 8 6 5 2 2 1 0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Curt Flood 9/15/1965 @PIT W 7 - 3 6 6 0 5 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ken Boyer 7/25/1964 @PHI W 10 - 9 5 5 2 2 0 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Julian Javier 6/18/1964 SFG W 7 - 6 4 4 2 3 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bill White 6/19/1963 NYM W 9 - 4 5 5 2 2 1 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Fred Whitfield 1962-08-12( PHI L 7 - 9 5 5 1 4 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ken Boyer 1962-04-29( CIN W 16 - 3 6 4 2 3 1 2 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
Ken Boyer 9/30/1961 @PHI W 12 - 2 5 4 1 2 1 0 1 5 1 1 1 0 0 0
Alex Grammas 8/24/1961 LAD W 10 - 1 5 3 1 2 2 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
Stan Musial 6/23/1961 SFG W 10 - 5 5 4 2 2 0 0 2 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
Ken Boyer 5/26/1961 PIT W 12 - 2 5 5 4 3 0 0 2 6 0 0 1 0 0 0
Bill White 5/23/1961 SFG W 12 - 4 5 5 3 4 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stan Musial 1961-05-21( @CHC W 6 - 3 5 5 1 3 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daryl Spencer 4/17/1961 @LAD W 9 - 5 5 4 1 2 0 0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Bill White 5/30/1960 @LAD W 15 - 3 6 5 2 4 1 0 2 6 1 0 1 0 0 0
Ken Boyer 4/23/1960 LAD W 9 - 5 5 4 2 3 1 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 1
Gino Cimoli 1959-06-28( @CIN W 11 - 8 5 3 2 3 1 2 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 1
Hal Smith 5/9/1959 CHC W 11 - 1 4 4 2 2 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stan Musial 7/17/1958 MLN L 7 - 8 4 4 2 3 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stan Musial 5/26/1957 @CIN L 6 - 7 4 4 2 2 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hal Smith 5/8/1957 @NYG W 13 - 4 5 5 1 3 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wally Moon 1956-07-01( CIN L 15 - 19 7 7 2 3 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ken Boyer 6/4/1956 NYG W 11 - 5 5 5 3 4 2 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ken Boyer 1956-05-13( @CHC W 14 - 7 5 5 3 3 1 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stan Musial 5/2/1956 PIT W 10 - 9 6 2 1 1 0 0 1 5 3 0 0 0 0 1
Stan Musial 8/5/1954 @BRO W 13 - 4 6 4 3 2 0 0 2 7 1 0 0 0 0 1
Joe Cunningham 6/30/1954 @CIN W 11 - 3 5 5 2 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ray Jablonski 5/23/1954 CIN L 6 - 13 4 3 1 3 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 1
Stan Musial 1954-05-02( NYG W 10 - 6 5 4 3 4 0 0 3 6 1 0 0 0 0 0

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