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August 13, 2019, 4:59 pm

With 8th HR, Reds' Aquino in category of one

As Reds correct ballplayer Aristides Aquino keeps lifting baseballs out of ballparks, the esthesis and buzz astir the rookie’s awe-inducing powerfulness continues to crescendo. With a two-run home run in the 8th inning, Aquino made past once again during a 7-6 Reds’ loss to the Nationals on Monday. It

With 8th HR, Reds' Aquino in category of one
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WASHINGTON -- As Reds correct ballplayer Aristides Aquino keeps lifting baseballs out of ballparks, the esthesis and buzz astir the rookie’s awe-inducing powerfulness continues to crescendo. With a two-run home run in the 8th inning, Aquino made past once again during a 7-6 Reds’ loss to the Nationals on Monday. It

WASHINGTON -- As Reds correct ballplayer Aristides Aquino keeps lifting baseballs out of ballparks, the esthesis and buzz astir the rookie’s awe-inducing powerfulness continues to crescendo.

With a two-run home run in the 8th inning, Aquino made past once again during a 7-6 Reds’ loss to the Nationals on Monday. It was his 8th home run in 12 career games, which set a new Major League record.

“A lot of us say we’ve never seen anything like it and that would explain it. It’s never happened before,” Reds manager David Bell said. “The great thing is with the success, just the way he’s handling it, just his maturity level, he’s handled it with a lot of poise. We believe in him. We believe he’s going to keep going.

“We’re going to need him, too. It’s been fun to watch for everyone. It’s exciting when a young player from your own system comes up like that and is able to contribute.”

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    It was a 7-2 game in the 8th when Aquino clobbered a 1-0 fastball from reliever Tanner Rainey to correct-center field.

    According to Statcast, Rainey’s pitch velocity of 98.2 mph to Aquino tied for the fastest pitch hit for a homer by a Reds player this season. Jesse Winker did it on May 18 vs. the Dodgers. The exit velocity off Aquino’s bat was 105.8 mph and the ball traveled 425 feet.

    A former Reds prospect, Rainey was traded to Washington in the offseason for starting pitcher Tanner Roark. In 2017, Rainey and Aquino played together at Double-A Pensacola.

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