With a first-inning RBI single on Tuesday night, Ryan Zimmerman broke a tie with Tim Wallach to become the all-time leader in hits for the Expos and Nationals franchises. He had been tied with Wallach at 1,694 career hits. Wallach acrrued his hits over parts of 13 seasons with the Expos from 1980-92; Zimmerman has had 14 seasons in the majors, all with the Nationals, dating back to 2005. His last five have been mostly shortened by injuries.
Entering Tuesday’s action, Zimmerman was hitting a lackluster .226/.285/.414 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 144 plate appearances. He missed time between May 10 and July 19 due to an oblique strain.
Zimmerman appeared to have regained his past form, finishing last year with a .930 OPS and making his first All-Star team since 2009. He hit 36 home runs and knocked in 108 runs in 144 games. The Nationals, who have Zimmerman under contract for at least one more year, hope he is able to once again rediscover that bat.
There’s no two ways about it: Aristides Aquino is having a rookie year for the ages. The hot-hitting Reds outfielder tacked another item onto his already lengthy list of accomplishments on Friday, clubbing a two-run, 396-foot home run off of Adam Wainwright in the sixth inning of the Reds’ 13-4 loss to the Cardinals.
The blast came far too late in the game to upset the Cardinals’ nine-run lead, but was otherwise perfectly timed for the rookie. It marked his 10th career home run in just 16 major-league games, officially making him the fastest MLB player to 10 homers in league history. (On a less-thrilling note, it was also the first home run allowed by the Cardinals in 32 2/3 consecutive innings.)
So far in 2019, Aquino is batting a robust .353/.400/.961 with 11 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, a 1.361 OPS, and 0.8 fWAR through 55 plate appearances. Friday’s feat follows other impressive performances from the 25-year-old, who collected three homers against the Cubs last Saturday and tied Trevor Story‘s previously unbeaten record for most homers through his first 10 career games. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon adds that Aquino’s torrid home run pace also eclipsed the standing record held by the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, who delivered nine home runs through his first 16 career games in 2017 (per Elias).