With his home run in the top of the fourth inning, on his 38th birthday, Joey Votto became the oldest player to hit a home run on his birthday since Alex Rodríguez, 40, did it with the Yankees on July 27, 2015.
It was also the 325th home run of his career for Votto, who edged out Frank Robinson for second place on the all-time list of the Cincinnati Reds. Johnny bench is the club’s all-time leader with 389:
The Canadian and first baseman Votto is 64 howitzers away from that figure, so to reach it he will have to play at least two more years and at a good level (an average of 30 HRs in 2022 and 2023, taking into account that the current campaign The Reds have 20 games left.)
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Votto’s home run on Friday was the 30th of the season and fell to the shipments of another veteran left-hander: Jon Lester, with no people on base and one out on the Busch Stadium board. There David Bell’s Reds won 2-0 and ended up winning 4-2.
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