Today the only offense for the Angels came from J.B. Shuck’s leadoff home run and another solo shot by Albert Pujols in the ninth. Sandwiched between those two knocks were a cavalcade of whiffs courtesy of Max Scherzer. Mike Trout wore the first golden sombrero of his career. On his final strikeout, he just looked at a hanging breaking ball as it crossed the plate at his belt. Before the umpire could call the pitch, Trout marched angrily back toward his dugout and it was plain no one was more surprised and upset than he was with his day at the plate.
But Albert Pujols took Joe Nathan’s very next pitch over the same stretch of wall, and with the same trajectory, as yesterday. Over the last 10 games Pujols has six home runs, seven walks, a slugging percentage over .700. And he’s playing first base like his left hand has a vacuum attachment. He is two home runs away from checking off the first item on his bucket list. Click here for slo-mo.