Aristides Aquino’s Timeline of Punishment
- First Major League Homer
- Hardest Hit
- The (First) One Off Yu Darvish
- Start of a Huge Day
- Kyle Hendricks Tried Another Sinker
- Farthest Hit
- “A Loud Sound”
- Out of the Strike Zone
- Adam Wainwright Turned to Look Way Up
- “You Can’t Stop This Kid!”
[The tenth post in a series looking at Aristides Aquino’s home run streak.]
Home Run #10
Aquino hadn’t homered the day before in the first game of the series in GABP against the Cardinals, a game the Reds had won 2-1 on a terrific performance by Sonny Gray. By the time Aquino came to bat for the third time in this game, the Reds were behind 12-1. Josh VanMeter, who had doubled in Nick Senzel for the Reds first run, was on third. Wainwright had struck out Aquino in his two previous at bats.
Nothing about the dimensions of this home run stands out. The exit velocity, launch angle and distance traveled were average in relation to all of Aquino’s homers.
Here is the graphic display.
[Graphic: Baseball Savant]
Adam Wainwright (38), is at the end of a long, terrific career pitching for the Cardinals. Over his 14 seasons, four times he was in the top-3 in NL Cy Young voting. He’s been the face of the Cardinals pitching staff since Chris Carpenter retired in 2012. Wainwright has started nearly 30 games against the Reds. He’s been brilliant, although lately the Reds have had success against him.
In the 6th inning on August 16, Wainwright started Aquino off with an 85.5 mph cutter that was outside. Aquino laid off. The Cardinals pitcher followed that with the same pitch, this time in Aquino’s wheelhouse, low in the strike zone. Aquino didn’t miss.
The first time had been a 7-pitch plate appearance and Aquino went down swinging on Wainwright’s cutter. This time, when Wainwright tried to go back-to-back with that cutter, Aquino was ready. He hit it 396 feet deep into the left-center field bleachers. The ball had an exit velocity of 103.6 mph and launch angle of 30º.
Wainwright turned and looked. [Click on the picture to see the video.]
With this blast, Aquino had hit his 10th homer earlier in his career than any player in the history of baseball. He’d hit more in 16 games than anyone else. It also set an even more impressive record for fewest plate appearances into a season (54) for a 10th homer.
The Reds lost 13-4 in the worst start of Luis Castillo’s career. The game that Jose Peraza pitched.