ST. LOUIS – While the first two games were the return of Albert Pujols to Busch Stadium specifically for Cardinal Fans and Pujols, they resulted in two defeats for the Angels. Therefore, it was a bit more rewarding for the angels in the series finale when they were able to
ST. LOUIS – While the first two games were the return of
The weekend was all about Pujols when he returned to St. Louis for the first time in his career as a guest performer and received standing ovations before each of his 1
• Pujol's last appearance at Busch Stadium a celebration of legend
"I'm just glad we won," said Pujols. "This weekend brought me back to the year 2011, when we were in the playoffs and the World Series, I enjoyed every moment, if I had to do it again tomorrow or next week, let's go, it was fun." 19659007] After the game, Pujols also exchanged jersey with cardinal catcher Yadier Molina in a moving moment, as Pujols repeatedly referred to Molina as his "little brother" and it was Molina who gave the fans time to cheer Pujols on their plates.
"At the end of the day, we have mutual respect for this game," said Pujols. We should play the game on Sunday. This is something that will be in my trophy case, and mine will be in his trophy case. "
The offense failed t do a lot in the first two games, scoring a combined three runs, but was much better in the final with 15 hits. David Fletcher followed Pujol's infield popup with a two-part single to the left to give the angels a breath of air in ninth. Dustin Garneau added an RBI single and Wilfredo Tovar pulled a barrel-laden run to make it a six-run game.
It became important as the Cardinals scored four goals in ninth place with two outs. With two goals, Hansel Robles ensured that Paul DeJong had to give up to finish a tense finish. It helped the Angels on their road trip through Tampa Bay, Toronto and St. Louis 6: 5 drive.
"Surely we'd rather win everyone," said Angels manager Brad Ausmus about the series was one of the greatest things I've seen in terms of dealing with baseball [Pujols] St. Louis fans, and I have played a lot in St. Louis. I've always known how awesome the fans are. That was really something special. It was one of the special things I've seen in my 25 years.
La Stella, who was named All-Star Finalist on Friday's second base, was responsible for the other two runs, beating an RBI single against Miles Mikolas the second after Skaggs made a two-out walk and had scored a base-rich RBI single against sixth-left Tyler Webb after Shohei Ohtani was rated a pinch hitter, but Luis Rengifo stumbled as he walked home and was easily thrown on the plate.
That helped Skaggs, who made his best start of the season and scoreless frames at five, skagged Skaggs, who allowed a run on 7 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, dispelled four hits and hit three.
Skaggs was at 70 pitches through five innings, but Ausmus opted to pinch Ohtani for him with two runners on the sixth Ohtani came through with a single and set up the RBI single from La Stella in the middle.
"I felt go Good, "said Skaggs. "I mean, I do not miss being in the National League. I do not miss it at all. But I understand it. We got a run for which I got a little trick. But I felt really good. "
Skaggs, who improved to 7: 6 at 4:30 ERA, added that he just felt honored to attend the Pujols celebration.
"It was phenomenal. "Skaggs said. "This was Albert's weekend, so I was glad we could win at least one win, so I'm glad to be a part of it, it's one of those unique things that makes it really cool."
Rhett Bollinger covers The Angels for MLB.com previously covered the twins from 2011 to 18. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook