Christian Encarnacion-Strand’s first major league hit was a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the fifth inning to give the Cincinnati Reds an 8-7 lead over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
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The Reds promoted Encarnacion-Strand on Monday and he went 0 for 3 in his big league debut, a game that was stopped due to rain and completed on Tuesday.
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In Tuesday’s second game, Encarnacion-Strand entered for Jake Fraley in the fifth and launched an 0-2 slider from Mauricio Llovero 426 feet into the second deck in left field.
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The Reds called up Encarnacion-Strand in hopes of sparking their offense. He hit .331 with 21 doubles, 20 homers and 62 RBIs with a 1.042 OPS in 67 games this year for Triple-A Louisville.