Albert Pujols Hits 600th Career Homer; Warriors Clobber Cavaliers to Cap Off a Big Weekend in Sports
There were some notable achievements across the sports spectrum the weekend of June 2nd-4th, 2017. Here’s a look at a few of them.
On Friday the 2nd, Los Angeles Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw recorded the 2000th strikeout of his career in the Dodgers’ 12 inning 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Kershaw recorded 14 strikeouts in seven innings pitched. Strikeouts were the order of the day in this game, as there were a total of 42 by both teams. Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson had 11.
Staying with baseball, Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels hit the 600th home run of his career on Saturday the 3rd in his club’s 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins in Anaheim. Making it more memorable, the blast was a grand slam. Pujols is currently ninth on the all time major league moe run list, and should pass Sammy Sosa (609) and Jim Thome (612) before the season is over. Albert also had 2876 hits through June 4th, and appears to be a lock for 3000 either this year or early next season. He’s also a lock as a first ballot Hall of Famer in the future.
In hockey, the return to home ice agreed with the Nashville Predators in their Stanley Cup Finals series with the Pittsburgh Penguins on June 3rd. Trailing two games to none in the series, Nashville dominated Game 3, winning 5-1, with five goals from five different players. Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, who was shaky in Pittsburgh, was back to his usual self, stopping 27 of 28 shots. The Predators will try to even the series on June 5th.
Finally, the Golden State Warriors are starting to look unbeatable. On June 4th, they crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals. This time it was by a score of 132-113. The series now shifts to Cleveland, with Game 3 on June 7th. We’d never pick a four game sweep in a Finals, but the Warriors are playing incredibly well now. Still, we think the Cavs can win one of the next two at home.