Albert Pujols continued to build on his Hall of Fame case on Friday after launching a 430-foot home run off of the Royals’ Danny Duffy. The Angels slugger scored David Fletcher to put up a two-spot in the first inning and give the club an early advantage; it was just his fourth home run and 12th and 13th RBI of the season to date.
Adding those to his career totals, Pujols now boasts a cumulative 637 homers and 1,995 runs batted in, the latter of which Elias Sports considers good enough to land him a fourth-place spot on the all-time list behind Hank Aaron (2,297), Álex Rodríguez (2,086), and Barry Bonds (1,996).
After he passes Bonds up, he’ll have a ways to go in order to overtake A-Rod for the no. 3 spot.
The Angels currently lead the Royals 3-0 in the sixth.
Yesterday’s news about the arrest of Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez was pretty disturbing. Today’s update from Jeff Passan of ESPN is even worse.
Vázquez has been charged with solicitation of a child and providing obscene material to minors, and yesterday’s report said that he texted a 15-year-old girl that he would meet up with her after the season for sex. According to police, however, Vázquez had already met with a minor in an attempt to have sex. When she was 13:
Yesterday Vázquez’s attorney, Jay Reisinger, issued a statement saying “We are in the process of reviewing both the Pennsylvania and Florida charging documents, as well as the underlying facts of the matter. At this time, any comment would be premature.”
The Pennsylvania charges referenced involve an alleged statutory sexual assault of a victim who is at least 16 years old by a person who is at least 11 years older than the victim; unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor by a defendant who is 18 years old or older; and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last night that the offenses allegedly occurred on Aug. 1, 2018.
Vázquez is still in Pennsylvania, where he was arrested, and is awaiting extradition to Florida. He was denied bail and was characterized by the arraigning judge as a flight risk. Likely because he is a native and citizen of a foreign country with substantial financial resources.
UPDATE: I had missed this previously, but the Pirates issued a statement about all of this yesterday afternoon: