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Eddie MatzESPN Senior Author
- Eddie Matz covers the Washington Nationals and the field of Predominant League Baseball for ESPN.com. He’s been writing for ESPN since 2002, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
WASHINGTON — The Punisher has punished again.
Cincinnati Reds rookie Aristides Aquino went deep against the Washington Nationals on Monday night, making him the first participant in MLB history to hit eight dwelling runs in his first 12 profession games.
Aquino’s most modern blast got right here on a huge solo shot against Nats reliever Tanner Rainey. With two outs within the quit of the eighth inning of Cincy’s 7-6 loss, the 25-yr-fashioned Dominican native crushed a 98 mph fastball from Rainey and deposited it over the fence in lawful-heart field, 425 toes away.
Nicknamed “The Punisher” by his brother when he became once increasing up, Aquino — who seemed in one recreation closing season — has been pulverizing baseballs since getting called up on Aug. 1.
In 11 games since his promotion, the 6-foot-4-journey, 220-pound slugger is hitting .429 with eight dwelling runs and 16 RBIs. All eight of his roundtrippers bear come in within the Reds’ previous 9 games, and he is long previous yard seven cases in his previous six contests, a torrid hotfoot that helped fabricate him Nationwide League Player of the Week honors earlier on Monday.
It be a heady start for a participant who became once non-tendered this previous offseason, and who wasn’t regarded as an extraordinarily popular prospect heading into the 2019 campaign.
“I ponder or not it is the timing,” Aquino acknowledged thru an interpreter. “It be the ideally suited timing, and God has a belief. I lovely would love to switch accessible and attain the finest that I will attain.”
To this level, Aquino’s finest has been greater than the rest his teammates bear witnessed.
“A host of us bellow we now bear never viewed the rest fancy it, and that will conceal it,” Reds supervisor David Bell acknowledged. “It be never occurred before. We have been talking about him now, and the plentiful component is, with the success, lovely the very best design he is facing it, lovely his maturity level. He’s handled it with reasonably tons of poise, and we specialize in in him. We specialize in that he goes to preserve going.”
Previous to getting called up, Aquino became once hitting .299 with 28 homers and 53 RBIs in 78 games with Triple-A Louisville. Previously, four hitters shared the tale of seven dwelling runs in their first 12 profession games. Essentially the most most modern incidence became once in June of this yr, when Houston Astros rookie Yordan Alvarez executed the feat.