Nelson Cruz can relate to Albert Pujols blast

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers say 15 players in the history of Rangers Ballpark have reached the club-level seating in left field, essentially the second deck perched above and pushed back beyond the bleacher seats.

Technically, Albert Pujols is not one of the 15. The St. Louis Cardinals slugger launched a blast approximately 431 feet (according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker) that banged off the cement facade of the club level. The three-run home run in the fifth inning came at the expense of Alexi Ogando and his 96 mph fastball.

"I saw the replay, he hit the wall," Rangers left-fielder Nelson Cruz said, meaning the facade. "If there's one player who can get it there, it's Pujols."

So can Cruz, who is one of the 15. He crushed a home run into the club level in April, 2009 against Cleveland Indians left-hander Rafael Perez.

The massive Pujols blast put the Cardinals back in front by five runs, 11-6, after Texas had closed to 8-6 in the fourth inning. Pujols then hit two more home runs to join Babe Ruth (who did it twice) and Reggie Jackson as the only players in baseball history to hit three home run in one World Series game.

Cruz hit an opposite-field homer in the fourth inning with a runner on. It was seventh home run of the postseason and first of the World Series.