Cincinnati Reds rookie Aristides Aquino hit his 14th home run of the season on Thursday in the first inning against the Miami Marlins. All of the home runs have come in August. He set a National League rookie record for most home runs in a month.
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Aquino has 14 home runs in 28 games in his career. No one has reached that total faster in Major League Baseball history.
Aquino also tied the Reds record for home runs in a month. Frank Robinson hit 14 home runs for the Reds in August 1962, and Greg Vaughn hit 14 in September 1999.
Aquino played in one game in 2018 and didn’t hit a home run. He has been a consistent power threat in 2019 since being promoted to the Cincinnati Reds on Aug. 1. Manager David Bell was asked in mid-August how long Aquino can keep it up.
“I’m not going to put any limits on him, that’s for sure,” Bell said. “He’s been so impressive with the way he’s stayed focused. If you start thinking too much about it — and that’s human nature — that’s a challenge. At some point, that’ll happen and then he’ll have to reboot, but right now he’s just doing a great job of staying in the moment.”
Aquino hit his 13th home run Wednesday, tying the National League rookie record. Cody Bellinger, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, also hit 13 home runs in a month (July 2017). Rudy York, of the Detroit Tigers, set the big-league rookie record with 18 home runs in August 1937.
Here’s a rundown of Aquino’s home runs in 25 games this season.
No. 1, Aug. 3, at Atlanta: The Reds trailed 3-0 when Aquino hit a game-tying three-run home run to left-center in the seventh against Dallas Keuchel.
No. 2, Aug. 6, vs. Angels: Aquino broke a 3-3 tie with a solo home run to center in the fourth against Jose Suarez.
No. 3, Aug. 8, vs. Cubs: The Reds trailed 5-1 when Aquino hit a two-run home run to left against Cole Hamels in the third.
No. 4, Aug. 9, vs. Cubs: Aquino hit a two-run home run to right against Yu Darvish to give the Reds a 2-1 lead in the second.
No. 5, Aug. 10., vs. Cubs: Aquino hit a solo home run to left against Kyle Hendricks to give the Reds a 2-0 lead in the second.
No. 6, Aug. 10., vs. Cubs: Aquino’s second home run of the game, also against Hendricks, was a solo home run to left in the third.
No. 7, Aug. 10., vs. Cubs: Aquino homered for the third straight inning, this time to left center against Dillon Maples, to give the Reds an 8-0 lead.
No. 8, Aug. 12, at Washington: A two-run home run to right-center against Tanner Rainey in the eighth cut Washington’s lead to 7-4.
No. 9, Aug. 14, at Washington: The Reds trailed 17-4 in the seventh when Aquino hit a solo home run to right against Javy Guerra.
No. 10, Aug. 16, vs. Cardinals: The Reds trailed 12-1 in the sixth when Aquino hit a two-run home run to left-center against Adam Wainwright.
No. 11, Aug. 17, vs. Cardinals: A three-run home run to center by Aquino off Miles Mikolas gave the Reds a 5-1 lead in the fifth.
No. 12, Aug. 23 vs. Pirates: Aquino gave the Reds a 1-0 lead in the second with a home run to right-center off Mitch Keller.
No. 13, Aug. 28, vs. Marlins: In the first, Aquino hit a three-run home run to left against Sandy Alcantar to give the Reds a 3-0 lead.
No. 14, Aug. 29, vs. Marlins: In the first inning, Aquino hit a two-run home run to left against Robert Dugger to give the Reds a 2-0 lead.