Pujols becomes foreign-born hits leader



August 15, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels hits an RBI single on Sunday, Aug. 4. RON SCHWANE/GETTY IMAGES/TNS

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Albert Pujols did not allow the Los Angeles Angels to be swept by a middling Pittsburgh Pirates team on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium. The veteran first baseman had two hits and drove in three runs in the Angels’ 7-4 victory.

While at it, he became the all-time hits leader among players born outside the United States with 3,168. 

Rookie Luis Rengifo almost stole the show from Pujols. His Little League homer in the fourth provided the Angels a 4-2 lead. He dashed out of the left-handed batter’s box, covering 29.2 feet per second on his sprint around the bases. He outpaced the MLB average, which is tracked by MLB’s Statcast system, by 2.2 feet per second.

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