While Aristides Aquino didn’t quite match the Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball record of four home runs in a game, The Punisher took the Chicago Cubs deep three times on Saturday night. In the process he did set some franchise records and tie some Major League records, too. Scooter Gennett, however, is safe for now.
Let’s take a look at the things put in the record books thanks to the big game by Aristides Aquino:
- He’s the first Cincinnati Red to homer in three consecutive innings of the same game.
- He’s the first Major League Baseball rookie to homer in three consecutive innings of the same game.
- He tied a Major League Baseball record for earliest career game to have a 3-homer game. He matched Bobby Estalella, who also did it in his 10th game back in 1997.
- His 7 home runs through his first 10 games is a franchise record for both a rookie and for any player through their first 10 games played as a Red.
- His 7 home runs in the first 10 games to begin a career ties the Major League record previously held by Trevor Story.
As I type this up at 1:17am on Sunday morning, Aristides Aquino is hitting a video game-like .464/.500/1.250 on the season. That gives him an OPS of 1.750 this year. We aren’t sure when The Punisher statue will be unveiled, but it’s got to be before the end of the year, right? What he’s done so far would be laughable if you opened a comic book story with it. But here we are watching it unfold in reality.
After the game Aquino spoke with the media in the clubhouse with the help of translator Julio Morillo. You can listen to the entire thing below.
“At that moment I just was like, keep running, keep my head down and I knew it was a home run,” Aquino said through Morillo about his 452-foot home run that landed beyond the Reds bullpen out in left-center field. “Yes, it’s real nice. And of course, as I said, I enjoyed the moment,” he noted about the fans requesting a curtain call after his third home run of the game.
Manager David Bell also spoke with the media after the game. As expected he had a lot to say about Aristides Aquino’s big night.
“Yeah, it was. I was so happy for him. Not only is he hitting home runs, he’s doing it in really meaningful games. These games are so important to us as a team and he’s coming through like that,” said Bell about Aquino’s outburst early on in his career. “He’s earned his way into the mix. He’s contributing a lot to our offense – losing Yasiel and Scooter in the trades, we need guys to step up.” responded Bell about having to keep Aquino in the lineup with how hot he’s been swinging the bat.
Just how good has Aristides Aquino been?
Who knows how long Aristides Aquino will keep this going. With what he’s done so far this season, he’s on pace for 150 home runs in 600 plate appearances. I’m not Branch Rickey, but that is pretty good. Things are eventually going to slow down, but just how much can honestly be questioned.
Between his time in Triple-A and the Major Leagues this season, Aristides Aquino has hit 14 doubles, a triple, and 35 home runs. That’s in 87 games player. He missed nearly an entire month in the minor leagues this season with a shoulder injury. His triple-slash line this year between the two stops is .314/.365/.689. That will certainly play. Enjoy the ride, Cincinnati Reds fans.