Movin’ on up, to the, well, just moving on up the list I guess, as we count upwards on the list of the longest home runs hit in 2019 by the Cincinnati Reds. Today we’re going to take a look at the #7 entry and it came on August 6th.
This home run came on the same day at the #10 homer on the list, and two days before the #9 homer on the list. Aristides Aquino went deep against Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jose Suarez on a 1-1 pitch and put it off of the batters eye in center field.
The Metrics Behind The Blast
The home run went 448 feet. Angels starter Jose Suarez may not have been fully aware of The Punisher when he let go of the 91.9 MPH fastball, but he was about three seconds later when it banged off of the batters eye. It left the bat at 108.9 MPH – an absolute laser.
Reds Rank: 7th
Major League Baseball Rank: 206th
Aristides Aquino Rank: 2nd
Launch Angle: 24.7°
Exit Velocity: 108.9 MPH
Reds Exit Velocity Rank (on home runs): 14th
The Story Behind The Blast
This was at the start of a record breaking run for Aristides Aquino. He entered the day with one career home run. The day would mark just his 7th career game. And it would be a big day for him besides the home run, too – he went 3-4 in the game. But the home run itself was big. It broke a 3-3 tie in the 4th inning and put the Reds ahead for good. Cincinnati would score three runs that inning, taking a 6-3 advantage and would go on to win 8-4.
Opposing pitcher Jose Suarez, like Aristides Aquino was a rookie. His season didn’t go quite as well as that of The Punisher. He was called up in June and he had some struggles. The biggest problem he ran into was keeping the baseball in the park. He pitched in 19 games and only twice did he not surrender a homer. On this particular day he would all a season high three of them. His 2.6 home runs per 9-innings pitched was the 3rd worst rate among the 164 pitchers in 2019 to throw at least 80 innings. At just 21-years-old there’s plenty of time and room for him to grow, but Aquino and the Reds took full advantage of his biggest problem in 2019 on the day.
But that home run in the 4th inning was the start of the record breaking run where Aristides Aquino would homer in four straight games, and hit 10 home runs in an 11 game stretch as he set new records almost daily for a week for the most home runs through the number of career games he had played in. Over that span he hit .349/.391/1.070 – good for an OPS of 1.461.