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


Aristides Aquino (courtesy


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.


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.



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


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


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).



Florida Atlantic Postgame Notes, Quotes, Press Conference audio: #5 Buckeyes 45 Owls 21

(courtesy Florida Atlantic Sports)


Lane Kiffin talks to media after Saturday's game. He was shocked that there were only 10 media representatives in the room to interview him (


Lane Kiffin Florida Atlantic HC Postgame at Ohio State 8 31 2019

The Owls of Florida Atlantic University started the game slow, getting behind 28-0 early. But in the second half, they played well after settling down. Final score, 45-21 #5 Ohio State prevails.

FAU now has to get ready for one of their yearly rivals from The Sunshine State next Saturday. They will be hosting Central Florida (currently ranked No. 17) at 7 p.m. next Saturday at FAU Stadium.


“Two different games,” said head coach Lane Kiffin. “Obviously we started off very poor, (to) start 28-0 like that in a half of a quarter, (played) about as bad as you can in all phases of the game. Then, (we) played a lot better after that, 21-17 we outscored them. Obviously that’s not a moral victory, but that does show our players. If we do things right, especially defensively … their starters were still in (and) our defense did a really good job after that.”

Quick Hits

  • FAU (0-1) won the toss but deferred. Ohio State (1-0) needed four plays on the opening drive, with a 51-yard run for the score
  • After the Owls were held to a three-and-out, a long punt return gave OSU a short field
  • Two plays later, a 25-yard touchdown pass doubled the lead, and the next Buckeye drive ended in 31-yard passing score for to make it 21-0
  • A fourth 1st quarter score for OSU came on a 29-yard pass
  • Akileis Leroy smothered the Buckeyes’ quarterback to eventually force a punt late in the period
  • James Charles moved the chains as the Owls took possession into the 2nd quarter
  • OSU was forced into a second straight punt when a Korel Smith blitz flushed the QB out of the pocket and Leighton McCarthypushed him out of bounds for a sack
  • Matt Hayball boomed a 70-yard punt to pin OSU to their own 11
  • Again, Leroy continued to be a presence in the backfield, picking up the Owls’ second sack of the day. On the next play, Damian Horton got pressure to earn a QB hurry
  • FAU recorded with the first turnover of the game, as a backwards pass was mishandled and Quran Hafiz came up with the fumble recovery midway through the 2nd
  • Jaylen Joyner was the next defensive lineman with a hurry, leading to another OSU punt
  • The next Buckeye drive also ended in a turnover, as on a rush, Leroy forced a fumble, recovered by Rashad Smith
  • That gave FAU good field position, at the OSU 25, and Chris Robison found Harrison Bryant for back-to-back completions, of six yards and seven yards, to move it to the 12
  • Vladimir Rivas put the Owls on the board, splitting the uprights with a 28-yard field goal with 33 seconds left to go in the half
  • FAU got the ball to start the 3rd, and picked up back-to-back 1st downs on a screen pass to Larry McCammon III (12 yards) and a catch by John Raine (14 yards)
  • Robinson found Bryant on a beautiful leaping snag for 26 yards, and coupled with a roughing-the-passer penalty on the same play, the Owls had a 1st down on the OSU 12
  • Four plays later, Rivas made good again, again from the same 28-yard distance
  • On the ensuing drive, Da’Von Brown flew to the line of scrimmage for a tackle for no gain, and a one-yard loss, on consecutive plays
  • Late in the 3rd, OSU scored for the first time in over two quarters, after the Owls had held them out of the end zone for six straight possessions
  • After the TD, the Owls moved the ball downfield. Robison connected with John Mitchell and Bryant for twin 12-yard receptions, and hit Tavaris Harrison for eight yards and then six more for a 1st down
  • Robison rushed for seven and James Charles for five, and Raine made a sliding catch for 12 yards and an apparent first down, but it was overturned upon review
  • Heading into the quarter break, the Owls lined up for a field goal, but coming out, elected to go for it on 4th down. Robison found Charles for eight yards and the 1st
  • A nine-yard Charles rush brought up 2nd-and-inches
  • Two plays later, true freshman McCammon punched it from three yards, and Robison hit John Mitchell for a wide-open two-point conversion to make it 35-14
  • The Owls attempted an onside kick but it went out of bounds. Beginning in FAU territory, OSU scored seven plays later
  • The longest FAU gain of the afternoon came when Robison floated a pass to “Pico” Tavaris Harrison for 38 yards
  • After a 9-yard run by Robison, and six yards from McCammon, a play later, Bryant hauled in a 16-yard pass to move within the 10
  • Three plays after that, Robison got his first TD pass of the day, a three-yard completion to Raine. Rivas’ extra point pulled the Owls back to within three scores 42-21
  • With OSU milking the clock, James Pierre stuffed a QB rush for a loss of five
  • The Owls’ defense held the Buckeyes to a field goal attempt, which was good from 46
  • Backup quarterback Justin Agner came on for the final Owl drive, making his FAU debut. He completed his first two passes, and three of his first four, before a diving interception gave the ball back to the Buckeyes

Stats and Records

  • The attendance of 103,228 is the largest FAU has ever played in front of (eclipsing 101,821 at Alabama on Sept. 22, 2012)
  • Bryant and Raine led all receivers on the day in catches with six, and Bryant paced all players in receiving yards with 79
  • Harrison added four receptions for 57
  • Robison made good on 65 percent of his past attempts (22-for-34) for 178 yards
  • McCammon’s score was the first of his career
  • Defensively, Smith was in double digits with a game-high tally of tackles on either side, with 11, seven of which were solo
  • Brown was next with eight, while Hafiz added seven
  • Leroy had six stops, a sack and tackle for loss, plus the forced fumble
  • Hayball averaged 47.2 yards per punt, including the long of 70
  • The Owls fell behind early with the early OSU flurry, but outscored the No. 5 Buckeyes the rest of the way, 21-17