|Chicago Cubs (63-54)
|Cincinnati Reds (56-59)
|W: Gray (7-6) L: Hendricks (8-9) S: Romano (2)|
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I’ve just got two words for this section: THE PUNISHER.
This is Aristides Aquino’s world and we’re all just living in it. He had already been setting Reds records since being called up this year. What’s a few more? The Cincinnati Reds starting right fielder hit not one, not two, but THREE home runs in the game. And they came in back-to-back-to-back innings. In the 2nd inning he homered against Kyle Hendricks, just getting the ball over the wall at 344 feet. It was only 88 MPH off of the bat. The next inning he went a little bit deeper, hitting another home run off of Kyle Hendricks. This one went 385 feet. And then in the 4th inning he got to face a new pitcher. The Cubs brought in Dillon Maples. He tried to get a 97 MPH fastball by Aquino. It didn’t work and he deposited it 452 feet away in center field just over the bullpen.
It wasn’t just Aristides Aquino playing long ball for the Reds, though. Nick Senzel homered for the 9th time of the year. Eugenio Suarez homered for the 32nd time of the year. And Kyle Farmer got in on the action with his 7th home run of the year in the 6th inning, giving the Reds a 10-0 lead.
Josh VanMeter went 2-5 with two doubles and I’m going to just beat this drum until my hands bleed: Play Josh VanMeter every day. Play him against lefties. And play him against righties. Every. Single. Day.
Jose Peraza added three hits in four at-bats. Sonny Gray even got in on the action, going 1-2 with two runs batted in.
And not to be lost in the blowout win, rookie Brian O’Grady picked up his first Major League hit. Shout Out Brian O’Grady!
Lost in a night of “Aristides Aquino did WHAT?!”, Sonny Gray was rather dominant on the mound. He tossed 6.0 shutout innings and allowed just two hits. The right-hander was a tad wild, as he walked four batters in the game. He was effectively wild, too, though, racking up seven strikeouts in the game. He left holding a 10-0 lead and handed the ball over to Sal Romano. In only his second appearance of the year for Cincinnati, Romano picked up his second save as he pitched the final three innings of the game. He allowed a solo home run in the 9th inning, but that was it.
Notes Worth Noting
Where do we even start with the Aristides Aquino stats worth noting from this game?
From Elias, Aquino is the first player in Reds history to homer in three straight innings of a single game. He’s also the first rookie in Major League Baseball history to accomplish that feat according to Stats by STATS. Aquino is only the 2nd player in history to have a 3-homer game within his first 10 career games, joining the legendary Bobby Estalella who did it in 1997. His 7 home runs in his first 10 games with the club is the franchise record. Those 7 home runs in the first 10 games ties Trevor Story for the Major League record.
Aristides Aquino’s line through 10 games: .464/.500/1.250 – that’s a 1.750 OPS. SEVENTEEN FIFTY.
Sonny Gray lowered his ERA to 3.10 on the season. How fun is it to know that every single day the Reds starting pitcher gives you a legitimate chance to win?
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds
Sunday August 11th, 1:10pm ET
Jon Lester (9-8, 4.39 ERA) vs Luis Castillo (11-4, 2.63 ERA)