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This is to proclaim that Today, Tuesday July 20, 2004 is "Albert Pujols Game" day.
The date, 7/20/2004 will be forever recalled in much the same way that 6/23/1984 is remembered. The day that the Cubs and Cardinals faced off and a young future Hall of Famer single handedly launched his team to a play-off berth.
Like Ryne Sandberg before him, Albert Pujols smashed multiple home runs and RBI's to help his club overcome a large deficit against their rivals. Today's game will be a legendary game for years to come... only this time it came at the Cubs' expense.
Albert Pujols went 5 for 5, with 4 runs scored, 5 RBI, 3 home runs, a double, and a single, while the Cardinals overcame a 6 run deficit to beat the Cubs 11-8, sending the Cubs season spiraling down the toilet, and propeling the Cardinals to a 10 game lead in the NL Central.
First At-Bat: 1st inning --> Double
Albert hits a double with a full count and 1 out, driving in the Tony Womack from second for the Cardinals first run of the game.Cardinals 1, Cubs 0
Second At-Bat: 3rd inning --> Solo Home Run
After the Cubs scored 7 in the second inning, Albert hits a 2 out home run off Glendon Rusch to help the Cardinals begin their comeback. Cardinals 2, Cubs 7
Third At-Bat: 6th inning --> Single
Keying a 4 run sixth inning, Pujols leads off the inning with a single to Cubs Centerfielder Corey Patterson. Pujols later scores on a Jim Edmonds single. Cardinals 6, Cubs 8
Fourth At-Bat: 7th inning --> Solo Home Run
Albert greets Kyle Farnsworth rudely by leading off the 7th inning with his second solo home run of the day, on the first pitch he sees. The home run brings the Cardinals within 1 run of the Cubs. Cardinals 7, Cubs 8
Fifth At-Bat: 9th inning --> Two Run Home Run
Hitting his third home run of the game, Pujols gives the Cardinals the lead for the first time since the secind inning. This time, Edgar Renteria is on first, and the home run comes off Cubs closer LaTroy Hawkins. Cardinals 11, Cubs 8
The Cubs also lost yesterday, (Monday) by a score of 4 to 5. Carlos Zambrano gave up 3 home runs and the Cardinals held off the Cubs for the victory, sending the Cubs to a 9 game deficit in the division.
Well... Ummm... At Least... As of Tuesday, Lance Armstrong is back on top in the Tour de France. Go Lance, lets get #6!
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