Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.
The massive three-team trade with the Indians and Padres did more than send Trevor Bauer to the Cincinnati Reds. During his 10th career game, he hit three more, becoming the second player to notch a three-homer game in 2019 and the 29th franchise player to hit three or more home runs in a single game. Aquino struck out swinging when he faced Mills again in the seventh.
There have been 18 players who hit four homers in a game, most recently by J.D. Martinez for Arizona on September 4, 2017.
No rookie has ever homered four times in a game.
The 39,866 fans were on their feet at Great American Ball Park when Aquino came to bat in the sixth inning, trying for a record-tying fourth home run.
After his third home run on Saturday, his slugging percentage rose to 1.296. He hit 20 homers last season at Double-A and got called up to the Reds, striking out in his only at-bat. Still, it's quite the accomplishment for the 25-year-old: through Saturday, he's batting a cool.464/.500/1.250 with 13 RBI, a 1.750 OPS, and 0.5 fWAR across his first 30 PA.
With an effortless swing and a batting stance reminiscent of Tony Bautista, Aquino now has seven long balls in his first 10 career Major League Baseball games, which ties Trevor Story for the most in the live-ball era.