It had been a tough start to the Dominican Winter League season for Aristides Aquino. He entered the game on Wednesday night having gone 3-30 (.100) in the first eight games. Aquino had walked seven times with 10 strikeouts, but when he was making contact he simply wasn’t doing any sort of damage. All of that changed against the Gigantes del Cibao. In the 1st inning Aquino unloaded on for a 3-run home run to put his team up 5-0.
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Six innings later his team hadn’t scored since and were trailing 6-5 when he came up to the plate with a runner on. Just like in the 1st inning Aquino unloaded for a home run. This time he put his team in front 7-6 with the 2-run homer.
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Aristides Aquino had played in 64 games in the Dominican Winter League dating back to 2015. Early on he didn’t play much, combining for just four games in his first two years. Still, in his 64 games he had 190 plate appearances and he had homered just one time. Wednesday saw him triple his career home run total in the league. He has really struggled to hit in the league for his career – not just hit for power – as he’s posted a career .202/.286/.295 line during his time with Escogido (2015-2017) and Licey (2018-present).