Scooter Gennett became the 17th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a game tonight.
Cincinnati Reds utlity man Scooter Gennett secured a spot in baseball history tonight by becoming the 17th player to hit four home runs in a game. Gennett is the first player to achieve this since Josh Hamilton did the same for the Texas Rangers back in 2012.
Gennett was 5-for-5 with 10 RBI on the night as the Reds routed the St. Louis Cardinals 13-1 at Great American Ballpark. He had an RBI single in the first inning on top of his four dingers.
Gennett started his powerful tear in the 3rd inning when he took Adam Wainwright deep to right for a grand slam to give the Reds a 5-0 lead. He then hit a two-run blast and solo shot in the fourth and sixth innings off of reliever John Gant. Gennett would end his tear with another two-run homer in the eighth inning off of John Brebia.
It’s quite the accomplishment for the 27-year-old Gennett, who entered the game with just 38 career home runs. This rare showing of power surely won’t carry over to the rest of the season, but still gives Cincinnati some momentum as it looks to make noise in the tough NL Central.
Scooter Gennett is now in an exclusive club of which there are some notable members, namely Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Lou Gehrig and Mike Schmidt. He is also the first Reds player to ever accomplish the feat.
Gennett is now batting .302 with seven home runs and 30 RBI thanks to his big night, and is also halfway to his career high of 14 home runs set last season with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Moreover, if this night means a new skill for Gennett, Reds fans could have plenty of reason to be excited later this season.