Scooter Gennett did something nobody else in nearly 150 years of the Cincinnati Reds existence did last night. Hit four home runs in a single game, as Gennett did last night at Great American Ball Park.
Gennett became the 17th player in Major League history to get four homers in one game. Getting a grand slam, a two-run homer and two solo homers last night. Helping the Reds rout the St. Louis Cardinals by a 13-1 final score. Gennett also racked up ten RBI’s during the game, tying a Reds record. Overall Gennett had a practically flawless night going 5 for 5 at the plate.
Scooter’s proved himself to be one of the best additions the Reds have made during their rebuilding phase. The second baseman came to the Reds during spring training from the Milwaukee Brewers. The 27 year old Cincinnati native has knocked in 30 RBI’s, seven home runs and 35 hits so far this season. With a .302 batting average along with a .578 slugging percentage this year. All of those stats that were largely boosted up by Gennett’s big game last night.
Perhaps the one notable criticism of him so far is that he was given Brandon Phillips old number. Which is not really a bad or even important thing to be criticized for. Phillips brought up the subject when he and the Braves were in town this past weekend. It might sound petty, but I know folks that are still peeved about Adam Dunn and Mike Leake getting Eric Davis’ number 44. So in this case Phillips can consider himself in some good company.
Gennett joins an elite club of MLB players that have hit four home runs in one game. Including in this century players that were one time Reds, Josh Hamilton and Mike Cameron. Both doing so after their time with the Cincinnati Reds. Hamilton was the most recent player to get four homers in one game before Gennett. Doing so with the Texas Rangers in 2012, Cameron did so back in 2002.
Yesterday’s win gives the Reds the chance to win this four game series against the Cardinals. They can do so with a win either tonight at 7:10 pm or tomorrow afternoon. This series is giving the Reds a boost in the NL Central standings. With the Cardinals slipping into fourth place, while the Reds move from fourth to third.