Suarez keeps making history as second-half power surge continues

The Reds against the Cubs on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
The Reds against the Cubs on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Reds third baseman has 28 home runs since the All-Star break

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez tied one record and broke two more Wednesday with his 48th home run of the season.

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In the series finale against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Suarez hit a home run in the fourth inning to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. He joined Mike Schmidt (1980) and Adrian Beltre (2004) as the only National League third baseman to hit 48 home runs in a season. The big-league record for home runs by a third baseman is 52 and was set by Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

Suarez passed Andres Galarraga (1996) for most home runs in a season by a player from Venezuela and broke Ted Kluszewski's 1954 club record for home runs in the second half of a season.

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Suarez leads Major League Baseball with 28 home runs since the All-Star break. Through four innings Tuesday, he was one home run behind National League leader Pete Alonso, of the New York Mets.