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Reds lead MLB in First Inning Scoring

There is no doubt, the Cincinnati Reds have been one of baseball’s surprise team in 2019.

Under first year manager, David Bell, the team has shown an explosive offense, solid starting pitching, depth and a good bench. They have given the top three teams in the Central Division fits all season: the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. and they have passed their arch-rival Pittsburgh Pirates and moved into fourth place. That in itself shows improvement. Until this year, fifth place has been the Reds home the past several seasons.

FIRST WATCH In the first inning, the Redlegs lead the Major Leagues in runs (115), HR (42), RBI (112), batting average (.306), slugging percentage (.595) and run differential (+38; Min 2nd, +37) while ranking third in the majors in on-base percentage (.367; NYM .369, Hou .368)…have outscored opponents in the first frame, 115-76, and are 32-11 (.744) when leading after the first inning…6 times this season scored at least 4 runs in the first inning. MOST 1ST-INNING HR IN A SEASON, TEAM Player HR Year

Reds ………………………… 42 ……………… 2019

Brewers ……………………. 39 ………………2018

Rockies …………………….. 39 ……………….2018

Rangers ……………………. 39 ……………… 2001

Cardinals ………………….. 38 ……………… 2003

Yankees ……………………. 38 ……………… 1986

Since 1940, Courtesy FOX Sports Ohio & @EliasSports

MOST 1ST-INNING HR IN A SEASON, REDS BATTERS Player HR Year

Eugenio Suárez ………… 14 ……………… 2019

George Foster …………… 12 ……………… 1977

Joey Votto …………………. 11 ……………… 2017

Joey Votto …………………. 10 ……………… 2010

Ted Kluszewski ………….. 10 ……………… 1954

 

INFORMATION COURTESY OF CINCINNATI REDS MEDIA RELATIONS

RHP Sonny Gray, definitely Reds August Pitcher of the Month

 

Sonny Gray (Reds photo)

PITCHER OF THE MONTH: In August, RHP Sonny Gray ranked T2nd the National League lead in wins (4-0) and ranked among the NL leaders in ERA (0.74, 2nd), strikeouts (44 in 36.2ip, 5th) and strikeouts per 9 innings (10.80, 12th)…is 1 of only 7 pitchers in the Major Leagues with as many as 4 wins this month without a loss.

REDS’ LOWEST ERA IN AUGUST

Sonny Gray ……………. 0.74 …………….. 2019

Bill Gullickson ………….. 0.79 …………….. 1986

Elmer Riddle ……………. 0.88 …………….. 1941

Fred Toney ……………… 0.93 …………….. 1916

Jim Maloney ……………. 1.18 …………….. 1967

Since 1912, Minimum 5 starts, Courtesy @EliasSports In his last 12 starts, Sonny Gray is 7-1, 1.55

200-STRIKEOUT SEASONS, REDS PITCHERS

Mario Soto ……………….. 274 …………….. 1982

Jim Maloney …………….. 265 …………….. 1963

Jim Maloney …………….. 244 …………….. 1965

Johnny Cueto …………… 242 …………….. 2014

Mario Soto ……………….. 242 …………….. 1983

Noodles Han …………….. 239 …………….. 1901

Jose Rijo ………………….. 227 …………….. 1993

Tom Seaver ……………… 226 …………….. 1978

Aaron Harang …………… 218 …………….. 2007

Aaron Harang …………… 216 …………….. 2006

Jim Maloney …………….. 216……………… 1966

Mario Soto ……………….. 214 …………….. 1985

Jim Maloney …………….. 214 …………….. 1964

Gary Nolan ………………. 206 …………….. 1967

Edinson Volquez ……….. 206 …………….. 2008

Johnny Vander Meer …. 202 …………….. 1941

Luis Castillo ……………. 190 …………….. 2019

Sonny Gray …………….. 174 …………….. 2019

List Courtesy @EliasSports

 

INFORMATION COURTESY OF CINCINNATI REDS MEDIA RELATIONS

Reds slugging RF Aristides Aquino earns MLB Player and Rookie of the Month for August

 

Aristides Aquino (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

 

In August, rookie Aristides Aquino led all Major League batters in HR (14) and RBI (33) and led the National League while ranking second in the majors in slugging percentage (.767, Bos’ J.D. Martinez .768)…also ranked among the NL leaders last month in extra-base hits (18, T3rd), on-base percentage (.391, T16th) and batting average (.320, 20th)…established a new National League record for HR by a rookie in a calendar month and tied the franchise record for HR by any player in any calendar month (Frank Robinson, August 1962 & Greg Vaughn, September 1999)…was National League Player of the Week for 8/5-8/11…his 33 RBI are second-most ever by a Reds batter in August (Frank Robinson, 34 RBI, August 1962) and the most by a Reds batter in any month since Jay Bruce had 33 RBI in May 2011…the club record for RBI in any calendar month remains 45, held by Gus Bell (June 1953).

 

MORE ON THE PUNISHER: Rookie Aristides Aquino has produced 14 HR in his first 30 career games and 116 plate apps, including a 3-homer game on 8/10 vs Cubs in which he homered in 3 consecutive innings (2nd, 3rd, 4th)…he played 1 game for the Reds last season. • In the first inning Wed at Mia off Sandy Alcantara hit his 13 HR in his 100th career plate appearance…is the only player in modern Major League history with 13 HR in his first 100 career plate apps and the only player with 14 HR in his first 108 career plate apps…Phi’s Rhys Hoskins holds the record for fewest plate apps to 15 HR (135)…Hoskins (98th PA) and LAD’s Will Smith (100th PA) are the only other players, since 1900, to produce as many as 12 HR in their first 100 career plate apps. • Established modern Major League records for home runs in a player’s first 12 career games (8), first 14 career games (9), first 16 career games (10), first 17 career games (11), first 22 career games (12), first 27 career games (13) and first 28 career games (14)…Rhys Hoskins holds the Major League record since 1900 for fewest career games to 15 HR (32). • With 14 HR in August has established a new National League record for home runs by a rookie in a calendar month…Det’s Rudy York holds the Major League record for HR by a rookie in a calendar month with 18 HR in August 1937.

INFORMATIONS PRIOR TO SUNDAY AFTERNOON’S DOUBLEHEADER AT ST. LOUIS

44 ARISTIDES AQUINO, of Road Trip: 12-36 (.333), 3 2b, 3hr, 10rbi, 2sb

• Since his 8/1 promotion, leads all Major League batters in HR (14) and RBI (33) and leads the National League while ranking second in the majors in slugging percentage (.767, Bos’ J.D. Martinez .768)…also ranks among the NL leaders in extra-base hits (18, T3rd), on-base percentage (.391, T16th) and batting average (.320, 20th).

• Hit safely in 9 of his last 11 apps (14-43, .326, 3 2b, 3hr, 11rbi, 2sb).

• Produced a home run in 12 of his 29 apps and an RBI in 17 of his 29 apps…since his 8/1 promotion, he hit 14 of the team’s 48 HR…is hitting .452 with RISP (14-31).

• Was National League Player of the Week for 8/5-8/11, the Reds’ only weekly award winner this season…led the Major Leagues in slugging percentage (1.364), tied for the lead in HR (6) and led the National League in hitting (.500) and RBI (11)…is the first Reds rookie to win a Player of the Week award since RHP Chris Reitsma in April 2001 and the first Reds rookie position player since Hal Morris in July 1990.

• During that award-winning week, from 8/3-8/2 hit .517 in a career-high 9-game hitting streak and from 8/5-8/12 produced at least 1 RBI in 7 consecutive apps, the longest RBI streak by a Reds batter this season…his 4-game home run streak from 8/6-8/10 was the longest by a Reds batter in 2019 and 1 game shy of the franchise record for HR in consecutive games.

• Is an International League All-Star and its Rookie of the Year (78g, .299, 28hr, 53rbi, 5sb)…since the Reds became an affiliate in 2000, he is only the second Louisville player ever to win the IL’s Rookie of the Year award (Joey Votto, 2007).

• His 2-run HR on 8/8 off Chi’s Cole Hamels traveled 118.3 miles per hour, the hardest hit ball by a Reds batter in the Statcast Era and tied for the hardest hit home run in the Major Leagues this season (Gary Sánchez, Pete Alonso).

• On 8/3 at Atl, in his third Major League appearance, produced his first career hit (single off Dallas Keuchel), first career HR (3-run off Keuchel) and first career RBI.

 

INFORMATION COURTESY OF CINCINNATI REDS MEDIA RELATIONS

Reds 3B Eugenio Suarez hammers 40th homerun; in record books with MLB Venezuelans with 40+ homers

 

Eugenio Suárez at 3B 2016 photo By Hayden Schiff on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

In Sunday’s first game loss by the Cincinnati Reds to the St. Louis Cardinals, 3B Eugenio Suarez blasted a home run into the center-field batter’s eye at Busch Stadium and put himself in the team record books.

His 40th homer of 2019 broke a tie with Tony Perez and set a club record for home runs hit by a third baseman. Suarez set 40 home runs as his personal goal this during this past offseason.

He was thrilled with his milestone while talking to reporters after the game. “It made me feel so happy,” the 28-year-old from Bolivar, Venezuela said, “so proud of myself because I feel like I did it, you know? Another dream came true today when I hit that 40th homer right to center field. I just ran the bases and said, ‘Thank you God for giving me this opportunity to be part of the 40-homer club and the sixth Venezuelan player to hit 40 homers.’”

From Cincinnati Reds Twitter Feed: HR In Season, Venezuelans Andres Galarraga, 47, 1996 Miguel Cabrera, 44, 2013 Miguel Cabrera, 44 2012 Richard Hidalgo, 44, 2000 Andres Galarraga, 44, 1998 Tony Armas, 43, 1984 Andres Galarraga, 41, 1997 Eugenio Suarez, 40, 2019 Carlos Gonzalez, 40, 2015 Courtesy @EliasSports

REDS NOTES PRIOR TO SUNDAY’S DOUBLEHEADER AT ST. LOUIS

7 EUGENIO SUÁREZ, inf Road Trip: 11-36 (.306), 2 2b, 5hr, 7rbi •

First name is pronounced AY-you-hay-nee-oh

• Has a career-high 39 HR…his career high for RBI in a season is 104 (2018).

• Since the All-Star break leads the Major Leagues in HR (19) and ranks third in the National League in slugging percentage (.653).

• In the first inning, leads all Major League batters in HR (14, club record) and RBI (26) while ranking among the leaders in slugging percentage (.745, 2nd) and hitting (.336, 13th).

• Beginning 6/30, homered in 21 of his last 54 apps (23hr), including a pair of 2-homer games (7/1 vs Mil, 7/22 at Mil).

• Suárez and Tony Pérez are the only third basemen in club history with 25 HR in 3 seasons and the only third basemen in club history with 30 HR in 2 seasons.

• In Thu’s 12-inning, 4-3 loss at Mia went 0-for-4 (1bb), snapping a 5-game hitting streak during which he hit .429 (9-21, 1 2b, 4hr, 5rbi, 1.048slg, .455obp) and a 4-game home run streak that fell 1 shy of his shared club record for HR in consecutive apps.

GENO: Eugenio Suárez leads all Major League third basemen with a career-high 39 HR.

• He shares with Tony Pérez the modern franchise record for home runs in a season while playing third base…in 1970, Pérez, hit 40 HR overall and 39 HR while playing that position.

• Suárez’ 39 HR are the most by a Reds batter since Adam Dunn hit 40 HR in 2007 and the most by a Reds righthanded batter since Greg Vaughn had 45 HR in 1999.

• Suárez is trying to become only the sixth player from Venezuela to hit 40 HR in a season (Andres Galarraga 3 times, Miguel Cabrera twice, Richard Hidalgo, Tony Armas, Carlos Gonzalez).

 

GAME NOTES COURTESY OF CINCINNATI REDS MEDIA RELATIONS

A’s OF/1B Mark Canha named AL Player of the Week

 

Mark Canha at bat 2019 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

4:28 PM EDT

 

Outfielder/first baseman Mark Canha of the Oakland Athletics has been chosen the W.B. Mason American League Player of the Week and All-Star third baseman Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals has been named the W.B. Mason National League Player of the Week. The announcements were made earlier today on MLB Network.

*OAKLAND, Calif. – *Oakland A’s outfielder Mark Canha has been named American League Player of the Week for the week ending on August 25. It is his first career Player of the Week award.

Canha, 30, hit .474 (9-for-19) with 5 runs, 1 double, 4 home runs, 7 RBI and a .524 on-base percentage with a 1.158 slugging mark in five games during the award-winning week. He hit safely in all five games he appeared in, including multi-hit efforts in four of them. He had his second career multi-home run game on Aug. 25 vs. San Francisco. Among American Leaguers last week, he ranked first in batting average, tied for second in home runs (4), tied for fifth in RBI (7), and tied for tenth in runs (5) and hits (9).

He has appeared in 95 games with the A’s this season, hitting .275 (83-for-302) with 57 runs, 12 doubles, 2 triples, 22 home runs, 46 RBI, 48 walks and a .390 on-base percentage, .546 slugging mark and a .936 OPS. The home runs, batting average, walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS are all career bests.

Among American Leaguers with at least 300 at-bats, Canha’s .390 on-base percentage ranks 6th, his 13.73 at bats/home run rate ranks 7th, and his .936 OPS ranks 10th.

This is the fourth American League Player of the Week award for the A’s this season, as Canha joins right-handed pitcher Mike Fiers who shared the award for the week ending May 12 for his no-hitter against Cincinnati on May 7, shortstop Marcus Semien who earned the award for the week ending on June 9 and outfielder Ramón Laureano who was recognized for the week ending July 21.

Mark Canha, Oakland Athletics (@bigleaguefoodie)

  • Led the AL with a .474 batting average and a 1.158 slugging percentage while posting a .524 on-base percentage with five runs scored, nine hits, a double, four homers, seven RBI, two walks and 22 total bases over five games.
  • Recorded at least one RBI in each of his five games played during the week.
  • Posted multiple hits in four games, including a 2-for-3 performance with a home run on Tuesday in the first game of a three-game sweep against the AL East-leading Yankees.
  • Homered three times over two games against the Bay Area-rival San Francisco Giants this past weekend. His home run on Saturday was his 20th of the season, giving Oakland a franchise-high-tying five players with at least 20 homers on the season (seventh time overall). Also made a terrific running catch into the wall in Saturday’s contest, preserving a scoreless tie in the third.
  • Has a career-best 22 home runs on the season following Sunday’s multi-homer performance, and has now hit safely in each of his last nine games, going 16-for-36 (.444) with five home runs, 11 RBI and six multi-hit games during the streak.
  • Over 19 games played in August, is batting .370 (27-for-73) with five home runs and 15 RBI.

 

Read more: Oakland Athletics
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

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